Fourth Whitehead lecture of Spring term 2014
Because they impair cognitive abilities it is important to study the incidence of depression and anxiety in old age. Large and convincing studies suggest that the incidence of clinically significant depression is no greater, and the incidence of sub-clinical depression and anxiety grows less, as age advances. We consider models to explain this effect. The effects of depression on mental abilities do not decline in old age. On the contrary, even very slight increases in discontent are associated with cognitive losses. Further, depression in old age leads to earlier mortality. An odds-ration analysis separates the associations of mild discontent and of more severe depression with sex, chronic illnesses and intelligence.
Patrick Rabbit is a British psychologist working in the area of cognitive gerontology. He worked at the Medical Research Council Applied Research Unit, Cambridge (1961-1968), the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Queen's College, University of Oxford (1968-1982), was Head of Department of Psychology, University of Durham (1982-1983) and was Research Professor and Director of the Age and Cognitive Performance Research Centre, University of Manchester (1983-2004) Emeritus 2004, and Member of the European Academy 2013.
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|12 Mar 2014||4:00pm - 5:00pm|
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