Kirsten Fleming, Ph.D.
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There are exciting new technologies that allow us to look into the brain.  Below is an image from the UCI Brain Imaging Center of a PET scan showing the differences in brain function between patient's with Alzheimer's disease and age-matched healthy individuals.  The red areas mean there is more brain activity, and the blue means less activity. 

Alzheimer's Brain
Al vs NC

There are differences between "normal" aging, or normal forgetting and Alzheimer's disease.  There is even an in-between stage, known as MCI or Mild Cognitive Impairment which is typically viewed as a transition between aging and dementia.  Neuropsychological testing can help determine what type, if any, memory difficulities an individual is experiencing.

To read an article based upon a lecture I presented at an Alzheimer's Conference, please click here:

Other research I've been involved with involves Schizophrenia

A PET Study of the Pathophysiology of Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia

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