Aging Photographs and Cognitive Quilts

The Huffington Post:

I am a Baby Boomer and a child of the ’60s, and for both those reasons I am keenly aware of my memory, and its failings. I’m not alone in this. For a growing number of adults, questions about cognitive aging are increasingly personal and relevant. We want to know what, specifically, will keep us sharp into old age. Will reading Tolstoy do it? Or playing racquetball?

The scientists took a variety of cognitive measures before and after the classes began. As described in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, they found that productive engagement in either or both activities — photography and quilting — led to a significant gain in memory, compared to more passive lifestyles. But there were some surprises in the results.

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Wray Herbert is an author and award-winning journalist who writes two popular blogs for APS, We’re Only Human and Full Frontal Psychology. Follow Wray on Twitter @wrayherbert.

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