A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond
Education is a key ingredient to keeping the brain fit as it ages and a college degree can slow the brain’s aging process by up to a decade. “Education seems to be an elixir that can bring us a healthy body and mind throughout adulthood and even a longer life” says Margie E. Lachman, a psychologist at Brandeis University who specializes in aging. Dr. Lachman is one of the principle investigators in the study Midlife in the United States (Midus) which examines Americans’ physical and emotional health and habits. This study has broken intelligence into two categories. “Fluid intelligence,” the abilities that produce solutions that are not based on experience, peaks in one’s 20s. “Crystallized intelligence,” skills acquired through experience and education, grows with age which is why we associate wisdom with age.
January 19, 2012, The New York Times
Written By: Patricia Cohen