A NYT article suggests that older brains are slower at some tasks, but then outperform younger brains when it comes time to remploy information in beneficial ways. In other words, as one researcher says:
“These findings are all very consistent with the context we’re building for what wisdom is,” she said. “If older people are taking in more information from a situation, and they’re then able to combine it with their comparatively greater store of general knowledge, they’re going to have a nice advantage.”
Are the cog scis going after wisdom? Hey, that’s our turf!
Anyway, good news for us older brains.