Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age

Research suggests that aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning and decision-making.

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As people age, they often lose their motivation to learn new things or engage in everyday activities. In a study of mice, MIT neuroscientists have now identified a brain circuit that is critical for maintaining this kind of motivation.

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Keep your brain healthy well into old age with brain training

CogniFit's Brain Fitness Program is the training you need to stay mentally healthy as you age.

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  • Concentration, coordination, memory, perception, and reasoning tend to fade with age.
  • Exercising your brain, like exercising your body, helps enhance those cognitive domains.
  • CogniFit Brain Training uses scientifically proven tasks and games to keep your mind sharp no matter your age.
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    • A new study found that weekly 15-minute "awe walks" have positive effects on mental health.
    • Volunteers reported higher levels of gratitude and compassion after eight weeks of these short walks.
    • Researchers believe this low-cost intervention could help prevent cognitive decline in older adults.
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    Think everyone died young in ancient societies? Think again

    In fact, the maximum human lifespan has barely changed since we arrived.

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    You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: 'Something's just not right – our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.'

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    Does forgetting a name or word mean that I have dementia?

    The number of people with dementia is expected to triple by 2060.

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    The number of cases of dementia in the U.S. is rising as baby boomers age, raising questions for boomers themselves and also for their families, caregivers and society.
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