A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

For Those of Us Getting Older, This Is Good News!

Another reason to ditch brain training: A declining mind may make you wiser

Makers of brain training games have made millions peddling the benefits of regaining the brain of your youth-- a sharper, sprier mind than your now muddled, worn one. It's questionable whether the games can actually jog your noggin. But according to psychologists at Harvard and the University of Toronto, it’s also questionable whether you should even want them to.

...the authors suggest that an aged mind is a wiser one that makes better decisions by inadvertently bringing relevant and irrelevant information into new contexts. "The extended knowledge or ‘wisdom’ of older adults may support decision-making that relies on prior experience,” they note. “Given that real-world decisions rarely occur in isolation and often depend on past experiences, older adults may be better equipped than young adults to make such decisions."
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The entire post can be read here.

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