Young versus old

BBC:

A new study shows it’s more that we have bad moments than bad days. There’s some good news if you’re older. Although people, on average, do worse on memory tests as they age, it turns out that they perform more consistently.

“We were able to show that good and bad days of performance actually exist, but that the variability of those days is not as large as one would expect,” says Florian Schmiedek of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

In all nine cognitive tasks assessed, the older group actually showed less performance variability from day to day than the younger group. The older adults’ cognitive performance was thus more consistent across days, and this picture remained unaltered when differences in average performance favoring the young were taken into account.

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Indeed a very good research and apparently without vested ineterests, for there are some people – and that too in senior management of some companies – who publicly and brazenly are seen and heard dispensing the genX on grounds so frivolous that one can see those companies on the down-swing even in their numbers when juxtaposed with those that value genX equally as genY. Perhaps the Indian adage in Hindi comes true – “Impending destruction reverses thinking”.I would only say that those who nurture such thoughts of comparative derision, lack the values of valuing their Elders. They need to introspect that they are where they are because some of their elders forsake for their sake their good-times, but alas! only to be derided !!
Kudos to Max Planck Institute. Please teach the world to value experience because knowledge of a firebrand gen Y needs to be channelized by genX or else we will near catastrophes sooner than later.

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