Eighty Years Along, a Longevity Study Still Has Ground to Cover

Dr. Howard S. Friedman and Dr. Leslie Martin have recently published their aptly named book, Longevity Project, perhaps named both for its subject matter (identifying traits that lead to longer lives) and the length of the study (over 80 years). By using data from 1921--taken at the time to study predictors of intellectual leadership--and putting them alongside the death certificates and interviews of the original test subjects, Friedman and Martin determined the strongest indicators of longevity in a child are prudence, persistence, and orderliness. Having already spent the last 21 years analyzing the data from the study, and continuing to relentlessly pursue several unresolved questions, these researchers can certainly cross persistence off their own checklist of longevity indicators.
The New York Times, April 18, 2011

Written By: Katherine Bouton

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