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Developing a Cultural Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
Developing a cultural cognitive neuroscience of aging

The overarching goal of this chapter is to understand how neurocognitive function in old age is simultaneously modified by two forces: contextual factors and neurobiology. There is evidence from many sources that, with age, there is a decrease in many fundamental cognitive processes (Park et al., 2002) and that these declines are universal, because they are manifested in both high- and low-functioning older adults (Baltes & Lindenberger, 1988) as well as across cultures (Hedden et al., 2002). The breadth and reliability of these findings suggest that such declines are biological concomitants of human aging. Recent evidence suggests that linear age-related decline in cognitive function is not accompanied by a corresponding linear decrease ...

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