Dr Rebecca Charlton (Lab Director)

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London.

Rebecca's research focuses on age-related conditions and falls into three areas: Typical Ageing, Depression, and Ageing in Developmental Disorders.

Using cognitive and neuroimaging methods, Rebecca examines the relationship between cognitive decline and changes in the brain. She also explores how low mood among older adults interacts with cognitive changes in ageing and methods by which mood can be elevated.

Rebecca also explores ageing across developmental disorders, in particular how individuals' with Autism Spectrum Disorders will be affected by age-related brain, cognitive or social changes.

Email: r.charlton@gold.ac.uk

Recent Publications

Charlton, Rebecca A, Leow, Alex, GadElkarim, Johnson, Zhang, Aifeng, Ajilore, Olusola, Yang, Shaolin, Lamar, Melissa and Kumar, Anand. 2015. Brain Connectivity in Late-Life Depression and Aging Revealed by Network Analysis. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(6), pp. 642-650.

Charlton, Rebecca A. 2014. Associations between vascular risk and mood in euthymic older adults: Preliminary findings. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(9), pp. 936-945. 

Charlton, Rebecca A. 2014. Subcortical Biophysical Abnormalities in Patients with Mood Disorders. Molecular Psychiatry, 19, pp. 710-716. 

Charlton, Rebecca A. 2014. White Matter Tract Integrity in Late-Life Depression: Associations with Severity and Cognition. Psychological Medicine, 44(7), pp. 1427-1437. 

Charlton, Rebecca A. 2014. In Vivo Quantification of White Matter Microstructure for Use in Aging: A Focus on Two Emerging Techniques. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(2), pp. 111-121.


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What I am reading .....

Two slightly contrdictory reports on whether being bilingual may be beneficial in ageing. Good news from the American Psychological Association and slightly more skeptical from the British Psychological Society.

Scientists at Reading University show that drinking champagne improves memory (in older rats)

A Brain At Rest? Thoughts and Feelings in the “Resting State" - and what is "rest"?