Dr. Maria Norton
Alzheimer's disease (AD) affects nearly 5.4 million individuals in the U.S. every year. With an increasing number of AD patients and no known cure, understanding genetic and environmental risk factors is key to prevention.
Although genetics is a key risk factor for AD, 50-60% of risk factors are environmental. This means that lifestyle/behavioral changes are the best approach to preventing early on-set Alzheimer's disease (due to non-genetic risks).
An online database and smartphone app were created that provide users with an easy source of information about AD prevention behaviors. Two benchmark results of this study were the effect on intrinsic motivation and metacognition in study participants who had access to the database and app.
Research On Capitol Hill 2016
Decker, Michelle, "Alzheimer’s risk: Middle-age-lifestyle changes improve motivation and memory" (2016). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 36.