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On the brain's ability to find the right direction

Save the date: international symposium on spatial cognition

DZNE - German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Scientists from Germany and abroad will be meeting in Magdeburg from 27 to 29 November 2018 to discuss latest research on spatial cognition in aging and neurodegeneration. The symposium is hosted by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).

"This unique interdisciplinary conference will gather leading experts from different disciplines from Europe and overseas. We are expecting about 70 participants," says Prof. Thomas Wolbers, a senior scientist at the DZNE and one of the symposium's organizers.

The program covers a wide spectrum of research on spatial orientation and navigation. This includes e. g. studies based on human brain imaging, online-gaming as well as virtual reality.

"Elderly people often have difficulties finding their way around in new environments, which can impair their mobility, their autonomy and thus their general quality of life," says Wolbers. "In view of an aging population, it is important to understand the mechanisms governing spatial cognition and how these mechanisms are affected by aging and diseases like Alzheimer's. This may help to devise strategies for a self-determined life in advanced age and support the development of novel tools to diagnose dementia."

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