Thought for the month

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” Ovid, Roman Poet (43 BC – 17 AD).

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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