Beth Keys

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Beth K. Rush, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Psychology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL  32224
Phone:  (904) 953-7286

Beth is a clinical graduate student specializing in neuropsychology and aging. She is working with Drs. Deanna Barch and Todd Braver. Her research interests center around cognitive neuropsychological models of aging and the relationship between prefrontal cortex function and the healthy aging process. Beth’s current projects include studies of age differences in tasks of inhibition, age differences in working memory, and the ecological validity to executive functions. She is particularly interested in how cognitive aging may relate to difficulties in advanced activities of daily living.

Favorite Publications

Bartok, J. A., Wilson, C. S., Giordani, B., Keys, B. A., Persad, C. C., Foster, N. L., & Berent, S. (1997). Varying patterns of verbal recall, recognition, and response bias with progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition, 4, 266-272.Keys,

B. A., & White, D. A. (2000). Exploring the relationship between age, executive abilities, and psychomotor speed. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 76-82.

Braver, T. S., Barch, D. M., Keys, B. A., Carter, C. S., Cohen, J. D., Kaye, J. A., Janowsky, J. S., Taylor, S. T., Mumenthaler, M. S., Jagust, W. J., & Reed, B. R. (In press). Context processing in older adults: Evidence for a theory relating cognitive control to neurobiology in healthy aging. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Christ, S. E., White, D. A., Mandernach, T., & Keys, B. A. Inhibitory control across the life-span. Manuscript submitted to Developmental Neuropsychology.

Keys, B. A., Barch, D. M., Braver, T. S., & Janowsky, J. S. Task Sensitivity to Age Differences in Working Memory: Relative Superiority of the N-Back Paradigm. Manuscript submitted to Neuropsychology.

Abstracts and Presentations

Keys, B. & Giordani, B. (1995). Learning and cerebral metabolic activity in older subjects with and without memory impairment. Presented at the 41st Annual Student Biomedical Research Forum, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Keys, B. & White, D. (1997). Modality and domain effects on short-term recall in dementia of the Alzheimer type. Presented at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Keys, B. & White, D. (1999). Age, executive abilities, and psychomotor speed. Presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Washington, D.C.

Braver, T., Barch, D., & Keys, B. (1999). Superior performance in older adults resulting from cognitive control and working memory impairments. Presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Los Angeles, California.

Keys, B., Barch, D., & Braver, T. (2000). Age differences in context processing and working memory. Presented at the 28th Annual International Neuropsychological Society Conference, Denver, Colorado.

White, D., Christ, S., Mandernach, T., Keys, B., & Nortz, M. (2000). Changes in inhibitory control across the life-span. Presented at the 28th Annual International Neuropsychological Society Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Keys, B., Barch, D., & Braver, T. (2000). Relative sensitivity of clinical and laboratory tasks to age differences in working memory and cognitive control. Presented at the 8th Biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.