Lifelong learning – where are we now?

As an avid fan of this blog (because why would you be here otherwise?!), I’m sure you’d love to read the series of articles that I’m writing about the challenges and opportunities for lifelong learners, commissioned exclusively for the Post40Bloggers website. The first is available here: Lifelong learning: where are we now?

… and even if that topic doesn’t interest you, there are loads of other excellent articles that my fellow Post40Bloggers have spent hours crafting just for you. I hope to see you there!

 

The myth of cognitive decline

Good news for those of us who have a few miles on the clock reaches my ears today from a study by Ramscar, Hendrix, Shaoul, Milin & Baayen. They argue that the commonly held belief that cognitive decline is responsible for the systematic performance differences observed between younger and older people in psychometric tests is incorrect. Instead, they provide evidence that differences in performance are due to the inevitable consequences that (greater) learning has on our ability to process information. As we accumulate more skills and knowledge through life, our experience mediates how quickly we respond to stimuli – and this is usually a good thing.

In other words, faster isn’t always better!