Can an old dog learn (and want to experience) new tricks? Cognitive training increases openness to experience in older adults.

  title={Can an old dog learn (and want to experience) new tricks? Cognitive training increases openness to experience in older adults.},
  author={Joshua J Jackson and Patrick L Hill and Brennan R. Payne and Brent W Roberts and Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  volume={27 2},
The present study investigated whether an intervention aimed to increase cognitive ability in older adults also changes the personality trait of openness to experience. Older adults completed a 16-week program in inductive reasoning training supplemented by weekly crossword and Sudoku puzzles. Changes in openness to experience were modeled across four assessments over 30 weeks using latent growth curve models. Results indicate that participants in the intervention condition increased in the… CONTINUE READING
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