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Associations of intelligence across the life course with optimism and pessimism in older age.
Intelligence 2017; 62:79-88I

Abstract

Maintaining good cognitive function is important for successful aging, and it has been suggested recently that having and optimistic outlook may also be valuable. However few have studied the relationship between cognitive ability and dispositional optimism and pessimism in older age. It is unclear whether associations found previously between cognitive ability and pessimism in older age, are evident across the life course, and are consistent at different points in older age. In the present study we examined associations between dispositional optimism and pessimism measured in the eighth and ninth decade of life and childhood and older age cognitive ability, and lifetime change in cognitive ability. Participants were two independent narrow-age samples of older individuals with mean ages about 73 (n = 847) and 87 (n = 220) years from the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1936 (LBC1936) and 1921 (LBC1921), respectively. Higher cognitive ability in childhood and older-age, and healthier cognitive change across the lifetime were associated with lower pessimism in older age: age-11 IQ (LBC1936: β = - 0.17, p < 0.001; LBC1921: β = - 0.29, p = 0.001), older-age IQ (LBC1936: β = - 0.18, p < 0.001; LBC1921: β = - 0.27, p < 0.001), cognitive change (LBC1936: β = - 0.06, p < 0.04; LBC1921: β = - 0.15, p = 0.05). Cognitive ability was not significantly associated with optimism in bivariate analyses, and after adjustment for covariates had only small associations with optimism and only in the LBC1936. The results are consistent with differential associations between cognitive functions and optimism and pessimism, and indicate that their associations with cognitive ability are similar in the eighth and ninth decades of life.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, The University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK.Department of Psychology, The University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK. Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK.Department of Psychology, The University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK. Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28626274

Citation

Taylor, Adele M., et al. "Associations of Intelligence Across the Life Course With Optimism and Pessimism in Older Age." Intelligence, vol. 62, 2017, pp. 79-88.
Taylor AM, Ritchie SJ, Deary IJ. Associations of intelligence across the life course with optimism and pessimism in older age. Intelligence. 2017;62:79-88.
Taylor, A. M., Ritchie, S. J., & Deary, I. J. (2017). Associations of intelligence across the life course with optimism and pessimism in older age. Intelligence, 62, pp. 79-88. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2017.03.002.
Taylor AM, Ritchie SJ, Deary IJ. Associations of Intelligence Across the Life Course With Optimism and Pessimism in Older Age. Intelligence. 2017;62:79-88. PubMed PMID: 28626274.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Associations of intelligence across the life course with optimism and pessimism in older age. AU - Taylor,Adele M, AU - Ritchie,Stuart J, AU - Deary,Ian J, PY - 2017/6/20/entrez PY - 2017/6/20/pubmed PY - 2017/6/20/medline KW - Cognitive ability KW - Dispositional optimism and pessimism SP - 79 EP - 88 JF - Intelligence JO - Intelligence VL - 62 N2 - Maintaining good cognitive function is important for successful aging, and it has been suggested recently that having and optimistic outlook may also be valuable. However few have studied the relationship between cognitive ability and dispositional optimism and pessimism in older age. It is unclear whether associations found previously between cognitive ability and pessimism in older age, are evident across the life course, and are consistent at different points in older age. In the present study we examined associations between dispositional optimism and pessimism measured in the eighth and ninth decade of life and childhood and older age cognitive ability, and lifetime change in cognitive ability. Participants were two independent narrow-age samples of older individuals with mean ages about 73 (n = 847) and 87 (n = 220) years from the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1936 (LBC1936) and 1921 (LBC1921), respectively. Higher cognitive ability in childhood and older-age, and healthier cognitive change across the lifetime were associated with lower pessimism in older age: age-11 IQ (LBC1936: β = - 0.17, p < 0.001; LBC1921: β = - 0.29, p = 0.001), older-age IQ (LBC1936: β = - 0.18, p < 0.001; LBC1921: β = - 0.27, p < 0.001), cognitive change (LBC1936: β = - 0.06, p < 0.04; LBC1921: β = - 0.15, p = 0.05). Cognitive ability was not significantly associated with optimism in bivariate analyses, and after adjustment for covariates had only small associations with optimism and only in the LBC1936. The results are consistent with differential associations between cognitive functions and optimism and pessimism, and indicate that their associations with cognitive ability are similar in the eighth and ninth decades of life. SN - 0160-2896 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28626274/Associations_of_intelligence_across_the_life_course_with_optimism_and_pessimism_in_older_age_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0160-2896(16)30316-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -