Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Slower but not worse?

I am not sure about elephants, but recent work at Tübingen University in Germany claims that older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. Akin to how a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, humans just take longer to access information. The researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline. Time to defrag the old brain?

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