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Intelligence tests offer insight into ageing brain

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Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2013 12:56 AM by AlexMuller

Sixty-six years ago today, more than 70,000 10 and 11-year-old children across Scotland took an intelligence test. The results were painstakingly recorded and stowed away in a basement.

 

And there they stayed - largely forgotten - for the next five decades. But now they have formed the foundation of a remarkable research project which is producing valuable insights into what lies behind cognitive decline - or ageing of the brain.

 

Every three years, Ina Wallace is put through a range of cognitive checks by researchers at Edinburgh University. The tests include memory, mental speed, vocabulary and verbal abilities, planning and organisation.

 

She also re-takes an intelligence test she first encountered when she was a girl. "I was at Musselburgh school and we went into the main hall and there were long lines of desks," she said.

 

"I was very worried because you had to write your name. I was very concerned because the line wasn't long enough. So I do remember it very vividly."



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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-06-05
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Since I like to write stories for a hobby in my old dotage, I like to think I still keep pretty sharp, but I will readily confess, I use spell check, and the thesaurus, as well as keep a big dictionary handy. LOL My mistakes are usually just mistyped rather than misspelled, though it does still happen. LOL Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-25
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nHxN02 Wow, great post.Really thank you! Reply


 

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