Associate Professor of Psychology
Cognition and Brain Science, Cognitive Aging
Ph.D. (1998) Psychobiology & Clinical Neuropsychology
Dr. Moffat's area of expertise is in the cognitive neuroscience of aging. His specialties include the application of functional and structural neuroimaging methods to understand cognitive and brain aging as well as behavioral endocrinology. Dr. Moffat has been at the forefront of developing and using virtual environment technology to assess spatial memory in elderly individuals and has completed numerous behavioral and functional/structural neuroimaging studies investigating the effects of age on the neural systems supporting human spatial memory. He has devoted much of his career to the study of the effects of steroid hormones on behavior and brain function. Among his contributions to this field are studies assessing the effect of gonadal steroids on spatial cognition, hemispheric asymmetry and interhemispheric communication. Most recently his work has focused on the cognitive and neurological actions of testosterone and adrenal steroids in elderly humans.