This pilot project aims to study the effects of basic literacy acquired later in life on improving memory and brain connections. Developing countries are facing rising rates of aging and dementia. Brain functions are influenced by education, one of the most important social determinants of health.
Elisa Resende’s project explores the effect of basic literacy acquired later in life on improving brain connectivity and memory. Preliminary results show that education modulates the relationship between memory and a region of the brain. She is providing scientific evidence that it is never too late to engage in intellectually stimulating activities and promote brain health in vulnerable populations.