Testing News

Stimulating the mind may help memory and other mental capacities
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 15:24 PM

Stimulating the mind may help memory and other mental capacities Research from Concordia University found that older individuals have reduced learning and memory because their minds are cluttered with irrelevant information when performing certain tasks.

The results, which were published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, show that poor inhibition predicted a decline in the recollection component of the working memory region of the brain. Researchers added that older adults are less able to keep irrelevant information out of their consciousness, which could impact other mental abilities.

"The first step of our study was to test the working memory of a younger and older population and compare the results," says Mervin Blair, first author and a PhD student in Concordia's Department of Psychology and a member at the Centre for Research in Human Development. "In our study, working memory refers to the ability of both retaining and processing information."

The team of researchers added that keeping a mind clutter-free may be difficult as people age. This could be even more difficult for those who are under prolonged stress. However, relaxation exercises may help these individuals as well as stimulating the mind such as learning a new language or playing an instrument.

Related Other Test Information Articles

Tests You Might Enjoy

Kids IQ Test
Kids IQ Test

Under 17? Take our IQ Test for Kids to determine your natural intellectual strengths. The PhD-Certified Kids IQ Test measures verbal intelligence in several facets to determine your IQ score.

Kids IQ Test
Free IQ Test
Free IQ Test

What is your IQ? The test provides a premium psychometric analysis to measure your cognitive performance. Find out your score today with our PhD-Certified IQ Test!

Free IQ Test
Free Personality Test
What Is Your Personality?

This free Personality Test gives you guidance to better understand yourself. Which personality traits make you a better student or add value to your work? Spend about 15 minutes to find out.

Free Personality Test

Career & Sales Tests

Career Test
What's Your Perfect Career?

Discover your perfect career! This assessment calculates which personality traits are strong and weak for you. Based on that assessment, it will match up your personality to over 300 career options to find out which potential career paths someone of your personality would be best suited for.

Career Personality Test
Ultimate Sales Challenge
How Are Your Sales Skills?

The Sales Strategies Assessment is a complimentary, internet based sales skill assessment developed as a service to our clients and the selling profession to assist in identifying potential salesman problems and to provide coaching advice on proven selling techniques and selling strategies for a salesman.

Sales Strategies Assessment
Business Management Aptitude Test
Are You Manager Material?

The Business Management Aptitude Test is a skill assessment developed to assist in identifying key points relating to work behavior and motivation, and indicate possibilities for self-development. The information provided by this business personality test can also be helpful in deciding your future career direction.

Business Management Test