Why do you learn so slowly

We learn more slowly in old age, but ...

Posted on by BrainYoo Team

Learning - we associate that with school, university, young people. There is constant research and discussion for schoolchildren and students: How do they best absorb information, how can learning become even more effective? ... But what about the sprightly ladies and gentlemen over sixty? More and more people want to continue their education in old age. We found an interesting Swiss study on this: Yes, it found that seniors process information much more slowly. However, anyone who now assumes that older people are automatically disadvantaged when it comes to learning is wrong. Seniors with a large vocabulary and good working memory memorized new words particularly well and quickly in the study.

The processing speed had hardly any influence (see here). The brain can be compared to a muscle that can be trained and the better it works with more training. Although children have the advantage in the speed of reaction, seniors have years of training advantage: In the course of their lives they have acquired unbeatable learning aids such as longer concentration and self-criticism.

So while a child learns the grammar rule faster, the elderly can approach new knowledge with more perseverance and self-reflection and thus, for example, learn better from their mistakes (see here). Ticking off the topic of learning after school or university would be a big mistake. Because although they learn differently than the youngsters, seniors do not learn worse. Offers such as the Dresden Seniors Academy Science and Art also turn learning in old age into an exciting and varied challenge. Then the professor shouldn't be surprised if instead of a 20-year-old student he has a graying audience in front of him in the lecture hall.

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