Jeannette R. Mahoney
Jeannette R. Mahoney, PhD Assistant Professor
Multisensory integration (MSI) is an integral aspect of functioning and mobility in everyday life and ability to function well in the real world requires intact MSI. MSI is not well understood in aging, and its relation to cognitive and motor function has not been fully evaluated. The main objective of my research is to investigate the behavioral, functional, and anatomical correlates of MSI in older adults and to determine whether MSI has associations with specific cognitive and motor outcomes. Studying the facilitative benefit of multisensory information processing in older adults could have important clinical and public health implications! These include potentially providing insight into the cognitive and physical attributes of the aging process, affording an understanding of the biological basis of aging, and subsequently aiding in the identification of opportunities to introduce cognitive and physical remediation to older adults. Although admittedly speculative at this point, we believe that optimizing integration of visual-somatosensory inputs may ultimately provide the framework for successful interventions that will reduce falls, improve mobility, and help maintain functional independence in older adults.