Older people get the big picture

“Psychologists from McMaster University have discovered that the aging process improves certain abilities — the ability to grasp the ‘big picture’. The study, published in the journal Neuron dispels the myth that older people perform slower and worse than younger people.

‘Going into the study, we knew that ageing changes the way people see the world,’ says Allison Sekuler, one senior author of the study. ‘But these results are an unusual twist on the standard ‘ageing makes you worse’ story, and they provide clear insight into what is changing in the ageing brain.'”