Elder Individuals Can Be Same In Some Brain Functions as With the Young

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It is a known fact that when a person age, his functions and capabilities age as well. This means that those elderly individuals have some functions which are degenerating such as in aspects of mobility, cognitive, and other important functions necessary for daily living. Hence, it is a must that the elderly individuals should receive a special care which can address these biological and physical changes brought about by aging. Especially, these individuals are already at risks of developing certain cognitive deficits when can hinder them from doing their daily activities and from responding to the changes in their environment. However, there are certain studies which claimed that there are functions of the elderly which are not changing as the individual increases his age.

In fact, according to anew study which was published online this December in the journal Child Development; there are some brain functions of the elderly which seemed to be as fast as those with the younger ages.

According to the new study, there is some slow response in terms of the process of decision making in both the younger generation and the elderly. However, much of that slower response in making decision is a product of conscious option of responding in such manner. In this manner, there is delineation between the concept of accuracy and speed.

In the study, the researchers used several experiments to evaluate functions between the children, young adults and the elderly. For example in one of the experiments, the study participants are allowed to respond as fast as they can by pressing down one of the two keys on the keyboard in which they have to identify whether there is a small or large number that will appear in the asterisks in the monitor in front of them. Another experiment as well allowed the study participants to determine as fast as they can whether the strings of words flashed in the computer screens are English words or not.

Moreover, findings of the study revealed that there was a rise in accuracy of the study participants most especially those of the second and third-graders to the college-age adults. Also, there was a decrease in response time of both tasks from the said study participants. According to Gail McKoon, professor of psychology at Ohio State and co-author of the study, Gail said: “older people don’t want to make any errors at all, and that causes them to slow down. We found that it is difficult to get them out of the habit, but they can with practice.”





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