The ageing process is complex. It impacts the way that we think and act, and changes occur gradually over time. The dynamics of ageing are studied by researchers in a variety of different fields, including gerontology, neurology, sociology and psychology.

In this blog post, I will explore how these different disciplines study human behaviour in relation to ageing.

Keywords: cognitive processes, gerontology, neurology, sociology

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The brain undergoes many changes as the body ages but it still manages to function well past what most people would expect of a system that has been through so much change and wear-and-tear throughout its lifetime.

As we age, our cognitive processes slow down (it takes us more time and effort to process information) while there are other mental functions that may improve or worsen instead depending on which part of the brain is affected by atrophy or deterioration due to lack of use or disease progression like Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia.

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