Our mission is to determine how healthy brains lead to active lives. Our research examines how health and health behaviors sustain our thinking and memory through positive effects on our brain as we age, and how these thinking and memory abilities impact how we change health behaviors to support healthy aging. We hope our research informs how we can keep our mind and brain in shape to stay active with our families and our communities throughout life. 


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Lab News

BOOST projects grant awarded

Thursday, February 15, 2024
University of Iowa Associate Professor Michelle Voss, director of the Health, Brain, & Cognition Lab, has received a grant to study how self-regulation relates to adherence to daily physical activity in middle-aged and older people Titled "BOOST JumpstartPA," the study will consist of two phases over five years and target 40- to 65-year-olds.

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Winter 2024 Issue

Learn about our latest computerized brain training study, meet past study participant Lata D'Mello and see the latest on sleep benefits for the brain.


Past, Present, and Future of the HBC lab

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
From its establishment in 2012 as a seedling nurtured by mentorship rigorous science, and financial support from the University of Iowa, the Health, Brain and Cognition Lab can now be compared to a mature tree, sprouting new branches of research and establishing lab alumni as seedlings in other areas.