How Does Age Change How You Learn? | Scott H Young - Deepstash
How Does Age Change How You Learn? | Scott H Young

How Does Age Change How You Learn? | Scott H Young

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Learning Slows Down with Age

Learning Slows Down with Age

Most aspects of mental processing slow down as we age. While we continue to accumulate knowledge of the world at a slower rate, we gain more experience that increases our wisdom.

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Our minds tend to grow worse

Researchers disagree in their hypotheses about how our minds tend to get worse with age. What can be observed is the following:

  • Older individuals do struggle more with Stroop tasks, where an automatic habit needs to be overridden by instructions.
  • Older individuals have a harder time with multitasking.
  • Older people find it difficult to bind information that occurs in a combined context. It impacts their ability to remember life events.

However, older people seem to be better at emotional regulation.

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Cognitive Reserve

Cognitive Reserve

Some people seem to age mostly with minds intact and others notice dramatic slowdowns. The brain appears to have a lot of redundancy built-in - known as cognitive reserve.

Education seems to have a protective effect on aging, possibly because education contributes to cognitive reserve.

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Reducing the Impact of Cognitive Decline

Some aspects of cognitive aging can be slowed down with training.

  • To prevent cognitive decline, exercise and eat well while you're younger.
  • Learn more in the early years, and continue learning throughout your lifetime.
  • Avoid multitasking or environments with distractors.
  • Be more strategic with cues and reminders for important information.
  • Be deliberate in organizing the information you want to learn.

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