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Engaging in cultural activities compensates for educational differences in cognitive abilities

Soubelet, Andrea

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The goal of the current project was to examine whether engagement in intellectual/cultural activities explains the long-term effects of education on cognitive abilities throughout adulthood, and whether it compensates for educational differences in cognitive abilities throughout adulthood. Participants between 18 and 96 years of age completed a comprehensive questionnaire about intellectual/cultural activities that they participated in and performed a wide variety of cognitive tests. There were...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSoubelet, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:38:37Z
dc.identifier.issn1382-5585
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/56811
dc.description.abstractThe goal of the current project was to examine whether engagement in intellectual/cultural activities explains the long-term effects of education on cognitive abilities throughout adulthood, and whether it compensates for educational differences in cognitive abilities throughout adulthood. Participants between 18 and 96 years of age completed a comprehensive questionnaire about intellectual/cultural activities that they participated in and performed a wide variety of cognitive tests. There were no mediation effects of engagement in intellectual/cultural activities on the relationship between education and cognitive functioning. In contrast, engagement in intellectual/cultural activities was found to moderate the relations between education and the level of fluid ability, working memory, speed of processing, and episodic memory. Findings suggest that the risk of cognitive decline in people with less education can be reduced via engagement in intellectual and cultural activities throughout adulthood.
dc.publisherSwets Zeitlinger BV
dc.sourceAging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
dc.subjectKeywords: adult; aged; article; cognition; cognitive defect; dementia; educational status; episodic memory; executive function; female; human; male; middle aged; multivariate analysis; psychological aspect; reaction time; recreation; risk reduction; short term memo Cognition; Compensation; Education; Intellectual/cultural activities; Mediation
dc.titleEngaging in cultural activities compensates for educational differences in cognitive abilities
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume18
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor111702 - Aged Health Care
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB376
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSoubelet, Andrea, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage516
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage526
local.identifier.doi10.1080/13825585.2011.598913
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:15:45Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-80052841547
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