Sunday, May 25, 2008

Older, but definitely wiser

According to an article in the NY Times, we definitely get wiser as we get older.
Studies showed that older adults were able to take in more information than their younger counterparts. Even though the older participants of the studies took longer to read the materials, including information randomly provided them, they absorbed it all, while the younger participants tended to ignore any info that seemed extraneous.
Researchers believe that the older we get, we can absorb and process more information in order to apply it to real situations. This application of knowledge is commonly referred to as wisdom. The research is published in a new book Progress in Brain Research.

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