New research on the Flynn effect and cognitive function in older Europeans

Friday, February 9, 2018

Columbia Aging Center faculty members Vegard Skirbekk and Ursula Staudinger are co-authors on the new publication "Trends and determinants of the Flynn effect in cognitive functioning among older individuals in 10 European countries" which appeared online on February 9 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The study showed that absolute differences in word recall among older adults across European countries have been decreasing and the authors' findings suggest  that with increasing socioeconomic development among European countries cohort improvements in word recall are leveling  off.  Or  at  least  they  are  slowing  down  in  countries  that  have  been  enjoying  higher  levels  of  socioeconomic  development  for  longer.  Although  we  do  not  know  yet  whether  the  underlying  factors  of  this  trend  are  biological  or  sociostructural, or possibly a combination thereof, monitoring potential limits of the plasticity of ageing is important with regard to the social  security  and  health system  implications  of  population aging.

 

The full citation for this publication is:

Hessel P, Kinge JM, Skirbekk V, et al. Trends and determinants of the Flynn effect in cognitive functioning among older individuals in 10 European countries. J Epidemiol Community Health. Published Online First: 09 February 2018. doi: 10.1136/jech-2017-209979