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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but can it improve the mental acuity of seniors, asks the Association of Mature American Citizens.
One scientific journal, Neuron, reports that our natural interest in a topic may stimulate our memory, particularly as we grow older. Test participants “showed improved memory for information that they were curious about and for incidental material learned during states of high curiosity,” researchers concluded.
Another article published in the American Medical Association’s journal, Neurology, recently reported that what it calls “intellectual enrichment” can fend off the onset of dementia for as much as nine years as we grow older. In other words, the more you seek opportunities to learn and stimulate your brain, the more likely you are to improve brain function, particularly as it relates to memory.