Brain health : risk, resilience and reserve research

Kelly, Michelle E. and McHugh Power, Joanna and Parra, Mario A. and Hannigan, Caoimhe (2024) Brain health : risk, resilience and reserve research. Frontiers in Psychology, 15. 1386516. ISSN 1664-1078 (

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Research on brain health is imperative as we consider increasing life expectancy and the increasing prevalence of cognitive decline with advancing age. Risk and protective lifestyle factors driving brain health and reduced risk of cognitive decline have been identified (Livingston et al., 2020), but we have yet to fully understand all factors and contexts that contribute to observed variability in brain health outcomes (Boyle et al., 2018; Stern et al., 2020). This Research Topic, Brain Health: Risk, Resilience, and Reserve, provides insight into current trends and perspectives on the promotion of brain health across the lifespan, with a helpful focus on how research might be translated into recommendations for practice. The articles included in this Research Topic advance our understanding on topics such as cognitive reserve, brain reserve, resilience, and brain health.