Evening Lecture: Secrets of staying sharp in older age

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Why do some people's brains and thinking skills age better than others?

Ian Deary will describe an amazing longitudinal research project, the Disconnected Mind, which is helping to find the answers. The research involves people who took part in the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947 as children, and who are now being studied again in older age.

In partnership with CLOSER. This event follows on from the CLOSER Conference – The importance of early years, childhood and adolescence: Evidence from longitudinal studies. Conference registration includes attendance at the public lecture and drinks reception.


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    Professor Ian Deary,

    Professor of Differential Psychology, University of Edinburgh

    I am a Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. I am also the Director of The University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (funded also by BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, and MRC). I graduated in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and studied there for my PhD. I practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology. My principal research interests are: human mental abilities, especially the origins of cognitive differences, the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills, the impact of cognitive differences on people's lives; and human personality differences.