Cognitive Ageing and Dementia Research Lab

Lab Overview

As average human life expectancy rises, so does the impact of ageing and age-related diseases in our society which is evident through the dramatic increment in the number of people with dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's disease) which is currently at 36million and estimated to nearly double every 20 years, to 66 million in 2030, and 115.4 million in 2050.

That is why serious attention needs to be paid to the understanding of the mechanisms involved in healthy ageing and cognitive impairment across the lifespan.

In our lab, we develop innovative techniques which can not only contribute to an early identification of neurodegenerative processes as well as positively influence the personal activities of daily living for both healthy and cognitively impaired older adults.

To find out about about the lab please contact Professor Antonina Pereira (CPsychol, PhD, FHEA, AFBPsS) at

Key Staff

Professor Antonina Pereira

Professor of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience; Director of the Institute of Psychology, Business and Human Sciences

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Rachel King

Lecturer in Biological Psychology

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Current Projects and Available Participation Opportunities

Our research is focussed on the design and implementation of ground-breaking strategies that might positively influence activities of daily living in diversified contexts ranging from the workplace to domestic settings which might be crucial to the achievement of personal and professional well-being in everyday lives.

Our studies aim to continuously explore the complex systems involved in development and ageing at the level of psychology, neuroscience and society so as to contribute to a deeper understanding of the impact of the aging process on everyday well-being across the lifespan as well as to the early identification of the neurodegenerative processes and its consequences on quality of life at work and at home.

Our research has been greatly stimulated by our panel of over 170 volunteers who have taken part in the different studies developed by our well-being focused research center - POWER.

Our lab is always looking for volunteers to take part in our research. If you would like to volunteer then please contact us via email

Recent Past Projects


  • Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour of the Centre for Cognition, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
  • Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, University of Reading
  • Institute of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon
  • Memory Assessment Service, Chichester, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sage House - Dementia Support

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