The Aging Brain: Theories of our Inevtiable Cognitive Decline
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Cognitive decline has been found to be an inevitable part of increased age in humans. Theories as to what particular mechanism is responsible for this decline are explored, including the working memory theory, processing speed theory, inhibition theory, and sensory function theory. Neurological components of aging are also discussed. Implications for individuals who wish to preserve their cognitive functioning include pursuing higher levels of education and learning new habits to help buffer against the effects of a decline in working memory function.