Brian Gold

Brian T. Gold

Associate Professor at University of Kentucky

800 Rose St., Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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last updated 12/19/2017

General Information


Associate Editor  - Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Doctoral Student In Electrical and Computer Engineering  - Carnegie Mellon University

Postdoctoral Scholar  - Washington University


Carnegie Mellon University

MN  - 

PhD  - University of Kentucky

PhD  - York University

Recent News  

The basic imaging research shown here was supported in part by a grant, awarded to Brian Gold of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine, from the National Science Foundation (BCS 08-14302) that was related to understanding how white matter integrity changes may precede cognitive declines in aging.
To learn more, see the UK news release the Alzheimer's Imaging Study Identifies Brain Changes. (Date of Image: June 2010) Credit: Brian T. Gold, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Kentucky (via NSF).

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The latest evidence from the bilingualism-is-good-for-you crew comes from Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.
To test the idea, he had older people who grew up bilingual do an attention-switching task, a skill that typically fades with age. Earlier research has found that people bilingual since childhood are better at the high-order thinking called executive function as they age. Gold found that his bilingual seniors were better at the task, which had them quickly sorting colors and shapes, than their monolingual peers. He then added an extra dimension by sticking the people's heads in scanners to see what was happening inside their brains. Gold seldom speaks French now, though he has learned Spanish to talk with his Mexican-born wife and her relatives. His next task is to see if learning a second language in adulthood would give some protective benefit to those of us who missed the chance to be bilingual as children. That, he says, "would be more useful to people."

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According to Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, knowing two languages can reduce the risks of Alzheimer's and postpone dementia.

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