Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wisdom = broader search of larger database

When older people struggle to remember names, phone numbers, etc. they sometimes assume that they are merely "getting old" and the mind is not working as well as it used to. But according to this article,
Instead, the research finds, the aging brain is simply taking in more data and trying to sift through a clutter of information, often to its long-term benefit.
The clutter of information makes older brains process information more slowly, but also more thoroughly, making them better problem solvers.

Memory Loss - Aging - Alzheimer's Disease - Aging Brains Take In More Information, Studies Show - Health - New York Times
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