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Investigating ageing: Track 1

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We might think we know what ageing is, but it’s surprisingly difficult to pin down. In this album a 70-year-old fashion model and her 17-year-old grand-daughter take part in a series of scientific tests to see whether it is possible to distinguish between them. The results give an insight into what contemporary science can tell us about what happens at the molecular, genetic, cellular, physiological and psychological level during the ageing process. This material forms part of The Open University course SD805 Issues in brain and behaviour.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 30 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 20th April 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Across the Sciences
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Track 1: Investigating ageing

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Investigating ageing    A short introduction to this album. Play now Investigating ageing
2 Young and old compared    We stereotype old age but what are the real differences between the young and old and how do we measure them? Play now Young and old compared
3 Ageing and vision    How eyes can be studied to ------ age and ageing. Play now Ageing and vision
4 Ageing at the genetic level    How the study of nematode worms and mice might be used as a model for lengthening human life. Play now Ageing at the genetic level
5 Ageing at the cellular level    Why do cells die? Can we stop them, and should we? Play now Ageing at the cellular level
6 Ageing at the physiological level    Pam and Emma undergo more tests to see how they compare in tests of strength, agility and 'wobbliness'. Play now Ageing at the physiological level
7 Ageing and cognitive ability    Pam and Emma have their cognitive skills tested to see if ageing affects specific brain areas. Play now Ageing and cognitive ability
8 Ageing and driving ability    Pam and Emma take some tests to see who may be the better driver. Play now Ageing and driving ability