Scotland is home to the longest study of human cognition in the world. Known as the Lothian Birth Cohort, the story of this ongoing study at the University of Edinburgh is told with medical imaging in our new Enquire gallery.
All children in Scotland who were born in 1921 or 1936, and attending school in the June of 1932 or 1947, took an intelligence test called the Scottish Mental Survey. The Survey was originally given to find out the average intelligence of all children in Scotland. From records, the results of these tests and their participants have been traced and retested: they are the Lothian Birth Cohort.
The original tests have provided a baseline which researchers have used to study ageing and the brain. These further studies have yielded a fantastic amount of research and have been widely covered in the media, producing headlines such as ‘Bilingualism has a positive effect on cognition in later life’ and ‘Cigarette smoking and thinning of the brain’s cortex’.
Join the researchers in this interactive event to discover how childhood mental capacity affects health and cognitive function in later life.
Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival
11 Apr 2017
Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Lothian Street.
£8.50, £6.50 Members & Conc.
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