Do we get smarter with age? Does our ability to perceive and process slow down? Recent studies have shown how older individuals are able to process quicker than younger individuals. Although, the medical world identifies that the “brain’s processing speed slows with age”, the findings of new studies shows that older people are processing information quicker and perceive more. Some of the characteristics they have found is as follows:
1. As we age we are more capable of seeing the big picture and seeing reality (Study published in Journal of Neuron in 2005, study performed by Psychologist Allison Sekuler, PhD, of McMaster University in Canada). Younger people focus more on detail, older people take in the entire scene.
2. As we age we become less emotional (Study published in 2009, psychologist Vasiliki Orgeta, PhD).
3. As we age we understand ourselves and people more (Study published in the Journal of Gerontology in 2007)
In this article Annie explains ten ways in which people become smarter with age. Identifying that as we get older our ability to change and perceive more information increases.
Article Reference: 10 Ways We Get Smarter As We Age – Annie Murphy Paul – Time ideas – August 15 2013 – http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/15/10-ways-we-get-smarter-as-we-age/
Front Psychol. 2013; 4: 66.
Published online 2013 February 20. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00066 PMCID: PMC3576628
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Jeffrey D. Bower,1 Takeo Watanabe,2 and George J. Andersen1,*
Aging reduces center-surround antagonism in visual motion processing.
Betts LR, Taylor CP, Sekuler AB, Bennett PJ.
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