Mental Exercise and Mental Aging: Evaluating the Validity of the "Use It or Lose It" Hypothesis.

@article{Salthouse2006MentalEA,
  title={Mental Exercise and Mental Aging: Evaluating the Validity of the "Use It or Lose It" Hypothesis.},
  author={Timothy Salthouse},
  journal={Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={1 1},
  pages={
          68-87
        }
}
It is widely believed that keeping mentally active will prevent age-related mental decline. The primary prediction of this mental-exercise hypothesis is that the rate of age-related decline in measures of cognitive functioning will be less pronounced for people who are more mentally active, or, equivalently, that the cognitive differences among people who vary in level of mental activity will be greater with increased age. Although many training studies, and comparisons involving experts… CONTINUE READING
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