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Elderly can be as fast as young in some brain tasks, study shows
Ohio State University ^ | December 27, 2011 | Jeff Grabmeier

Posted on 12/27/2011 8:21:42 AM PST by decimon

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Both children and the elderly have slower response times when they have to make quick decisions in some settings.

But recent research suggests that much of that slower response is a conscious choice to emphasize accuracy over speed.

In fact, healthy older people can be trained to respond faster in some decision-making tasks without hurting their accuracy – meaning their cognitive skills in this area aren’t so different from younger adults.

“Many people think that it is just natural for older people’s brains to slow down as they age, but we’re finding that isn’t always true,” said Roger Ratcliff, professor of psychology at Ohio State University and co-author of the studies.

“At least in some situations, 70-year-olds may have response times similar to those of 25-year olds.”

(Excerpt) Read more at researchnews.osu.edu ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: cognitiveskills; decisionmaking; elderlybrains; seniorbrains

1 posted on 12/27/2011 8:21:44 AM PST by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Slow, cautious ping.


2 posted on 12/27/2011 8:22:27 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

A lot of it, I think, has to do with getting cautious because a 70 year old, who makes a costly mistake has a lot more to lose than a 25 year old who makes the same costly mistake.

For the same mistake, I think most people would be more willing to forgive a young person than a senior.


3 posted on 12/27/2011 8:24:52 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30
A lot of it, I think, has to do with getting cautious because a 70 year old, who makes a costly mistake has a lot more to lose than a 25 year old who makes the same costly mistake.

You don't expect to recover as you did when you were young. Not your physical health or your fiscal health or...

4 posted on 12/27/2011 8:36:57 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
Could it be that older people have learned the hard way the value of thinking things through rather than believing the first thing that flies into their head is the final answer?

5 posted on 12/27/2011 8:36:57 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: decimon

Absolutely.


6 posted on 12/27/2011 8:38:41 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: BitWielder1
Could it be that older people have learned the hard way the value of thinking things through rather than believing the first thing that flies into their head is the final answer?

A few things have flown into my head but I've recuperated with a few scars. ;-)

7 posted on 12/27/2011 8:39:09 AM PST by decimon
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To: BitWielder1

Good judgement comes from experience.

Experience comes from bad judgement.


8 posted on 12/27/2011 8:40:06 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: decimon

Maybe so, but they sure drive slow.


9 posted on 12/27/2011 8:41:45 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Jonty30
A lot of it, I think, has to do with getting cautious because a 70 year old, who makes a costly mistake has a lot more to lose than a 25 year old who makes the same costly mistake.

A lot of it has to do with the fact that an older person (I'm 61) has more experience and has learned the consequences of a hasty decision. In addition, the older person has more experience to draw on, so his resources are deeper. Where a younger person sees an issue a black and white (and hardly considers the consequences) and older person sees more nuance and shading and is acutely award of the consequences of being wrong.

10 posted on 12/27/2011 8:46:26 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I think both possibilities are accurate.

Older people do have more experience and can think with more subtlety than younger folks.

But I do see simple cautiousness, for fear of mistakes, as well. For the most part, 60 year olds are close to pension age. If they lose their job and their pensions, what are the odds of getting another job, with the same pay and benefits?


11 posted on 12/27/2011 8:51:38 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: decimon
Youth and enthusiasm is always trumped by olde age and craftiness. :-) Just takes longer for results, but we are blessed with the patience of age. Gunner
12 posted on 12/27/2011 9:08:29 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: decimon
Youth and enthusiasm is always trumped by olde age and craftiness. :-) Just takes longer for results, but we are blessed with the patience of age. Gunner
13 posted on 12/27/2011 9:09:35 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: decimon
70-year-olds may have response times similar to those of 25-year olds.

Just watch Grandma espy that lone cookie on the counter at the same time as does little Timmy. Timmy will be pulling back a stump as Granny is wolfing down that Toll-house...

14 posted on 12/27/2011 9:09:44 AM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: decimon
Youth and enthusiasm is always trumped by olde age and craftiness. :-) Just takes longer for results, but we are blessed with the patience of age. Gunner
15 posted on 12/27/2011 9:09:44 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: decimon
Youth and enthusiasm is always trumped by olde age and craftiness. :-) Just takes longer for results, but we are blessed with the patience of age. Gunner
16 posted on 12/27/2011 9:10:08 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: decimon

The elderly don’t know who Lady Gaga is either.


17 posted on 12/27/2011 9:10:52 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: decimon
Youth and enthusiasm is always trumped by olde age and craftiness. :-) Just takes longer for results, but we are blessed with the patience of age. Gunner
18 posted on 12/27/2011 9:11:48 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: decimon
Youth and enthusiasm is always trumped by olde age and craftiness. :-) Just takes longer for results, but we are blessed with the patience of age. Gunner
19 posted on 12/27/2011 9:12:21 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: weps4ret

Sorry about the multiple posts, IE kept saying not sent.

Gunner


20 posted on 12/27/2011 9:14:56 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

As a pre WWII child I find/believe my social views have metamorphosed to be more fact inclusive. I believe this has caused my opinion about Obama and his international circle of enablers to be much less friendly. I have to watch myself as to the current crop of congresspersons and judges.


21 posted on 12/27/2011 9:17:55 AM PST by noinfringers2
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To: weps4ret

Either that or I am suffering from not remembering what I posted and keep restating it over and over and over and over. :-) Sometimers!

Gunner


22 posted on 12/27/2011 9:21:02 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: Jonty30
If they lose their job and their pensions, what are the odds of getting another job, with the same pay and benefits?

That's why I much prefer defined-contribution pension plans to defined-benefit plans. I came to see that defined-benefit plans are more shackle than benefit. They know that few people will leave after a certain number of years for fear of losing their pensions.

And...with a defined contribution plan you know what you have. Your future pension is not dependent on the future viability of the company.

23 posted on 12/27/2011 9:24:56 AM PST by decimon
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To: weps4ret

I’ll see if I can find something on aging and obsessive repetition. ;-)


24 posted on 12/27/2011 9:27:04 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Huh? What were we talking about?

Gunner


25 posted on 12/27/2011 9:34:57 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: Moonman62
The elderly don’t know who Lady Gaga is either.
Sure they do, they just don't care.
And how do they know? Just watch any "news" show on any given channel and you'll see plenty of stories about Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton, scumbag rappers, the importance of "social media", the OWS scumbags, illegals are the hardest working people in America, etc.
What you won't see are stories about the Dem assault on America's freedoms, the disastrous effects of 50 years of Liberalism, the real reason for the absolute destruction of inner cities, political corruption all the way to the WH, etc.
26 posted on 12/27/2011 9:38:11 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Moonman62

The elderly don’t know who Lady Gaga is either.

^^^
Says you! This boomer knows who — and what — that skank is.


27 posted on 12/27/2011 10:11:04 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: decimon

Going on 63, my thought processes are definitely slowing a tad — but when they do, I just pop one of those new “Brainagra” pills, and things snap back into shape!


28 posted on 12/27/2011 8:31:38 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: decimon

The memory pill was a failure. Nobody could remember to take them.


29 posted on 12/27/2011 8:34:52 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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