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Concept: Association of Ideas


This study replicates and extends the findings of previous research (Wright, H., & Jenks, R. A. (2016). Sex on the brain! Associations between sexual activity and cognitive function in older age. Age and Ageing, 45, 313-317. doi:10.1093/ageing/afv197) which found a significant association between sexual activity (SA) and cognitive function in older adults. Specifically, this study aimed to generalize these findings to a range of cognitive domains, and to assess whether increasing SA frequency is associated with increasing scores on a variety of cognitive tasks.

Concepts: Psychology, Brain, Cognition, Educational psychology, Old age, Mind, Thought, Association of Ideas


Numerous studies have looked at the potential benefits of various nootropic drugs such as Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb761®; Tanakan®) and piracetam (Nootropyl®) on age-related cognitive decline often leading to inconclusive results due to small sample sizes or insufficient follow-up duration. The present study assesses the association between intake of EGb761® and cognitive function of elderly adults over a 20-year period.

Concepts: Time, Sample size, Cognition, Ginkgo biloba, Association of Ideas, Ginkgo, Nootropic, Piracetam


the relationship between cognition and sexual activity in healthy older adults is under-researched. A limited amount of research in this area has shown that sexual activity is associated with better cognition in older men. The current study explores the possible mediating factors in this association in men and women, and attempts to provide an explanation in terms of physiological influences on cognitive function.

Concepts: Psychology, Sexual intercourse, Brain, Biology, Cognition, Mind, Human sexual behavior, Association of Ideas


Potentially modifiable lifestyle factors may influence cognitive health in later life and offer potential to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. The concept of cognitive reserve has been proposed as a mechanism to explain individual differences in rates of cognitive decline, but its potential role as a mediating pathway has seldom been explored using data from large epidemiological studies. We explored the mediating effect of cognitive reserve on the cross-sectional association between lifestyle factors and cognitive function in later life using data from a population-based cohort of healthy older people.

Concepts: Health, Epidemiology, Biology, Cognition, Perception, Concept, Personal life, Association of Ideas


Infections and activated immune responses can affect the brain through several pathways that might also affect cognition. However, no large-scale study has previously investigated the effect of infections on the general cognitive ability in the general population.

Concepts: Immune system, Psychology, Brain, Cognitive psychology, Cognition, Cognitive science, Mind, Association of Ideas


The aim was to investigate the association between sleep disturbances and cognitive function in younger and older individuals from an ageing population.

Concepts: Longitudinal study, Population, Cross-sectional study, Sociology, Cognition, Memory, Association of Ideas


Epidemiologic research on the possible link between age-related hearing loss (ARHL) and cognitive decline and dementia has produced inconsistent results. Clarifying this association is of interest because ARHL may be a risk factor for outcomes of clinical dementia.

Concepts: Psychology, Epidemiology, Brain, Medical statistics, Cognition, Educational psychology, Meta-analysis, Association of Ideas


The association between years of education and cognitive function in older adults has been studied extensively, but the role of quality of education is unknown. We examined indicators of childhood educational quality as predictors of cognitive performance and decline in later life.

Concepts: Psychology, Biology, Cognition, Cognitive science, Educational psychology, Social sciences, Association of Ideas, Coming of age


To disentangle the reciprocal effects between depressive symptoms and cognitive functioning over time and to study the association between changes in their trajectories using 13 years of follow-up.

Concepts: Psychology, Cognition, Gerontology, Old age, Ageing, Association of Ideas


Ageing is associated with loss of cognitive function and an increased risk of dementia which is expected to place growing demands on health and long-term care providers. Among multiple causative factors, evidence suggests that cognitive impairment in older subjects may be influenced by diet. The objective of this study was to examine the association between dietary patterns, dietary glycaemic load (GL) and cognition in older Irish adults.

Concepts: Decision making, Nutrition, Death, Cognition, Association of Ideas