CIGEV, area gerontology: Research on Lifespan, Multidirectionality and Plasticity – Director: Matthias Kliegel

Group Zuber: Clinical Neuropsychology and Lifespan Development

In this research group, we focus on studying the cognitive architecture in clinical populations (e.g., individuals with dementia or Parkinson’s disease) from a neuropsychological perspective and we investigate developmental processes across the lifespan. In a more applied context, we further focus on job seekers as a vulnerable population, and we study how their job search can be improved and facilitated.

Our goals are threefold:

First, we investigate these populations in order to better understand how vulnerabilities develop and how they affect individuals’ lives and well-being.

Second, we examine different assessment tools and measurement instruments in order to understand how the abilities of vulnerable populations can be assessed in fair and reliable ways.

Third, we implement the newly gained knowledge in order to develop specific interventions that target those vulnerabilities and aim to help vulnerable populations.

As an interdisciplinary research group, we pursue these goals in active collaboration with colleagues from various institutions, academic and applied, such as: the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), the Lausanne University Hospitals (CHUV), the Leenards Foundation, the Public Employment Service of the Canton of Neuchatel (ORP), the University of Applied Science St. Gallen (FHS), the University of Lausanne (UNIL), and the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).

Our research goals are pursued in the following projects:

  1. SwissDem Project
  2. COSCODE Project
  3. Lifetime Social Adversity and the Ageing Brain
  4. Parkinson’s disease and everyday memory
  5. The Impact of Stress on Cognition
  6. Jobs4U – Improving Job Search
  7. Validation of online assessment tools (COGTEL & CRUISER)
  8. Biofeedback as intervention program
  9. Relationship between metacognition and prospective memory in aging