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Neuroticism in Adolescence and Cognitive Function in Midlife in the British 1946 Birth Cohort: The HALCyon Program

Gale, CR; Deary, IJ; Kuh, D; Huppert, F; Richards, M; HALCyon Study Team, ; (2010) Neuroticism in Adolescence and Cognitive Function in Midlife in the British 1946 Birth Cohort: The HALCyon Program. J GERONTOL B-PSYCHOL , 65 (1) 50 - 56. 10.1093/geronb/gbp082.

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Abstract

We examined whether higher levels of neuroticism in adolescence were associated with poorer cognitive function in midlife in 2,071 members of the British 1946 birth cohort. Higher neuroticism at age 13 was associated with poorer performance on tests of verbal ability, verbal fluency, and verbal memory at age 53 in sex-adjusted analyses. However, higher neuroticism was also associated with poorer cognitive performance at age 8. After adjustment for childhood cognition or educational attainment, the associations between neuroticism at age 13 and midlife cognition ceased to be statistically significant. The link between neuroticism and subsequent cognitive ability may be a reflection of a long-standing correlation between the stable aspects of these traits since childhood, but further measurements of both traits are needed to confirm this.

Type: Article
Title: Neuroticism in Adolescence and Cognitive Function in Midlife in the British 1946 Birth Cohort: The HALCyon Program
DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbp082
Keywords: Personality, Neuroticism, Cognition, Life course and developmental change, PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS, OLD-AGE, SOCIOECONOMIC POSITION, PERSONALITY-TRAITS, ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE, GENDER DIFFERENCES, YOUNG ADULTHOOD, LATER LIFE, INTELLIGENCE, CHILDHOOD
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/407931
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