Renate H M de Groot

Renate H M de Groot
Open Universiteit Nederland | OU · Welten Institute

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December 2015 - present
Maastricht University
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  • Professor (Associate)
January 2015 - present
Open Universiteit Nederland
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
May 2010 - December 2014
Open Universiteit Nederland
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (95)
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This survey research, assessed whether novice secondary school teachers knew and understood the effectiveness of empirically-supported learning strategies, namely spaced practice, retrieval practice, interleaved practice, using multimodal representations, elaborative interrogation and worked-out examples. These ‘proven’ strategies can be contrasted...
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In the current study, the underlying factor structure of the learning strategies part of the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ), originally designed for traditional college students, was explored and a best-fit-solution for subscales was proposed for students in adult distance education (DE). Factor analyses revealed five factor...
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School is an ideal setting to promote and increase physical activity (PA) in children. However, implementation of school-based PA programmes seems difficult, in particular due to schools’ focus on academic performance and a lack of involvement of school staff in program development. The potential cognitive and academic benefits of PA might increase...
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Background: Knowledge about the beneficial role of physical activity (PA) for health and school performance is growing. Studies investigating the link between PA and school absenteeism due to illness are lacking. Therefore, we investigated associations between habitual PA and school absenteeism due to illness in adolescents and explored whether me...
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Background: It has been suggested that prenatal exposure to n-3 long-chain fatty acids protects against asthma and other allergy-related diseases later in childhood. The extent to which fish intake in pregnancy protects against child asthma and rhinitis symptoms remains unclear. We aimed to assess whether fish and seafood consumption in pregnancy...
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Consumption of breakfast, fish, or caffeine are each separately often investigated in relation to learning performance in traditional education, but not in distance education (DE). The objective of this study was to investigate whether the relations between the consumption of breakfast, fish, and/or caffeine on the one hand and learning performance...
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Background Unhealthy lifestyles in early childhood are a major global health challenge. These lifestyles often persist from generation to generation and contribute to a vicious cycle of health-related and social problems. This design article presents a study evaluating the effects of two novel healthy school interventions. The main outcome measure...
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Freely available via: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1TK3a3irP3pelo until 24 August 2016 Previous research has shown that physical activity and sedentary behavior are related to learning performance in traditional education. In distance education (DE), however, students are characterized by different features (e.g., age and responsibilities). As a...
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Introduction: The influence of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) supplementation on brain functioning is debated. Some studies have found positive effects on cognition in children with learning difficulties, elderly people with cognitive impairment and depression scores in depressed individuals. Other studies have found null or n...
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Recent studies indicate that a single bout of physical exercise can have immediate positive effects on cognitive performance of children and adolescents. However, the type of exercise that affects cognitive performance the most in young adolescents is not fully understood. Therefore, this controlled study examined the acute effects of three types o...
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Biological lifestyle factors such as physical activity, sleep and nutrition play a role in cognitive functioning. Research concerning the relation between biological lifestyle factors and cognitive performance is scarce however, especially in young and middle aged adults. Research has not yet focused on a multidisciplinary approach with respect to...
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Background: The majority of studies investigating associations between physical activity and mental health in adolescents have been cross-sectional in design. Potential associations between physical activity and mental health may be better examined longitudinally as physical activity levels tend to decrease in adolescence. Few studies have investi...
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This investigation was inspired by growing evidence that middle-aged persons in a cognitively demanding profession might be characterized by subtle cognitive fatigue. We studied young and middle-aged male schoolteachers. They were compared in a study with functional magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate differences during successful memory encodin...
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Introduction: Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) are important for brain functioning and might, thus, influence cognition and school performance. However, research investigating LCPUFAs relationships with school performance is limited. The objective of this study was to determine the association between levels of the LCPUFAs docosahe...
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This study investigated whether academic achievement was predicted by the goal which generally drives a student’s learning behaviour. Secondly, the role of metacognitive self-regulation was examined. The dominant goal orientation was assessed using a new method. 735 adolescents aged 10-19 years read vignettes of students that reflect four goal orie...
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The impact of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) on cognition is heavily debated. In the current study, the possible association between omega-3 LCPUFAs in blood and cognitive performance of 266 typically developing adolescents aged 13-15 years is investigated. Baseline data from Food2Learn, a double-blind and randomized place...
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Freely available until January 18, 2016 via: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1S7KP3irP3lqMz Research in traditional education shows chronotype, sleep duration and sleep quality to be related to learning performance. Research in adult students participating in distance education (DE) is scarce. This study aims to provide knowledge on these relationsh...
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Learning is crucial for everyone. The association between biological (eg, sleep, nutrition) and psychological factors (eg, test anxiety, goal orientation) and learning performance has been well established for children, adolescents and college students in traditional education. Evidence for these associations for adult distance students is lacking...
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The GOALS study (Grootschalig Onderzoek naar Activiteiten van Limburgse Scholieren [Large-scale Research of Activities in Dutch Students]) was set up to investigate possible associations between different forms of physical activity and inactivity with cognitive performance, academic achievement and mental well-being. It was conducted at a secondary...
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The Maastricht Essential Fatty Acid Birth cohort (MEFAB) was established in 1989 to study the changes in fatty acid concentration during pregnancy and how this related to the fatty acid concentrations of the neonate. The original sample contains data of 1203 subjects. Some participants whom participated in the original MEFAB study also participated...
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The main goal of this study was to investigate the association between objectively measured physical activity and academic achievement in adolescents. Students in Grades 7 and 9 (N = 255) were included. Overall, we found no significant dose-response association between physical activity and academic achievement. However, in Grade 7 total physical a...
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Background The current study examined the associations between active commuting to school, cognitive performance, and academic achievement in Dutch adolescents. In addition, it was explored whether these associations were moderated by sex and mediated by depressive symptoms. Methods Students in grades 7 and 9 (N = 270; mean age 13.4 years; 53% boy...
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Executive functions (EF) such as self-monitoring, planning, and organizing are known to develop through childhood and adolescence. They are of potential importance for learning and school performance. Earlier research into the relation between EF and school performance did not provide clear results possibly because confounding factors such as educa...
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This study examined age-related changes in a specific aspect of adolescent decision-making, namely the preference for future versus immediate outcomes. A sample of 622 Dutch adolescents aged 12-17 years completed a temporal discounting task. Participants were asked to choose between a delayed reward of €50 or an immediate reward of lower value. The...
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This study examined differences between boys and girls regarding efficiency of information processing in early adolescence. Three hundred and six healthy adolescents (50.3% boys) in grade 7 and 9 (aged 13 and 15, respectively) performed a coding task based on over-learned symbols. An age effect was revealed as subjects in grade 9 performed better t...
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This study investigated sex differences in goal orientation during adolescence. 910 adolescents aged 10–19 years read vignettes of students reflecting four goal orientations and indicated which student they resembled most. Boys and girls from two age-groups (10–14 versus 14–19 years old) were compared. Multinomial logistic regression was performed...
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We investigated the relationship between individual differences in acute fatigue and endogenous cortisol changes elicited by the sustained performance of cognitively demanding tasks (fatigue condition). Healthy males provided salivary cortisol measurements and subjective fatigue ratings, and were scanned (functional magnetic resonance imaging) duri...
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This study investigated the relation between sleep and school performance in a large sample of 561 adolescents aged 11-18 years. Three subjective measures of sleep were used: sleepiness, sleep quality, and sleep duration. They were compared to three measures of school performance: objective school grades, self-reported school performance, and paren...
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Caffeine is commonly consumed in an effort to enhance cognitive performance. However, little is known about the usefulness of caffeine with regard to memory enhancement, with previous studies showing inconsistent effects on memory performance. We aimed to determine the effect of caffeine on working memory (WM) load-related activation during encodin...
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Breakfast skipping is common in adolescents, but research on the effects of breakfast skipping on school performance is scarce. This current cross-sectional survey study of 605 adolescents aged 1118 years investigated whether adolescents who habitually skip breakfast have lower end-of-term grades than adolescents who eat breakfast daily. Additional...
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Fish consumption has shown its benefits for cognitive functioning in the elderly or children with disorders (e.g., autism, ADHD), but has rarely been investigated in relation to cognitive performance and school performance of healthy adolescents. We executed an observational study in 700 Dutch high school students aged 12-18 years. Fish consumption...
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Glatz, J. F. C., De Groot, R. H. M., Hesselink, K. C., & Schrauwen, P. (2011). Editorial; Lipids in Metabolic Health and Disease. Prostaglandines, Leukotrienes and Essential fatty Acids, 85, 195. DOI: 10.1016/j.plefa.2011.04.006
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Presentatie over de ontwikkeling van het adolescentenbrein en de mogelijke rol voor leefstijl daarin. Gegeven tijdens een miniconferentie voor schoolbesturen en directies.
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Presentatie gegeven tijdens de 44e Thomas van Aquinodag in Tilburg. Tijdens deze workshop werd krot ingegaan op de ontwikkeling van het brein tijdens de adolescentie en de belangrijke rol van omgevingsfactoren hierin. Een omgevingsfactor kreeg de specifiek aandacht namelijk: lichamelijke activiteit. Op interactieve wijze werd besproken wat de mogel...
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Neroni, J., De Groot, R. H. M., & Kirschner, P. A. (2012, 21 June). Adult Learning Open University Determinants study (ALOUD): psychologische determinanten van levenslang leren [Adult Learning Open University Determinants study (ALOUD): psychological determinants for lifelong learning]. Round-table session conducted at the Onderwijs Research Dagen...
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Boschloo, A., Krabbendam, L., De Groot, R., & Jolles, J. (2012, April). The relation between executive functions and school performance in healthy adolescents. Poster presented at the Development of executive functions workshop, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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Van Dijk, M. L., De Groot, R. H. M., & Kirschner, P. A. (2012, June). Actief forenzen naar school en cognitieve prestaties van adolescenten [Active commuting to school and cognitive performance in adolescents]. Poster presented at the Onderwijs Research Dagen [Educational Research Days], Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Gijselaers, H. J. M., De Groot, R. H. M., & Kirschner, P. A. (2012, 21 June). Adult Learning Open University Determinants study (ALOUD): biologische determinanten van levenslang leren [Adult Learning Open University Determinants study (ALOUD): biological determinants for lifelong learning]. Round-table session conducted at the Onderwijs Research Da...
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In deze workshop werd de huidige stand van zaken omtrent de associatie tussen lichamelijke activiteit en cognitieve prestaties en schoolprestaties besproken. Daarnaast werd het eigen onderzoek, uitgevoerd onder 442 adolescenten, gepresenteerd.
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Adolescents often seem unable to envision the long-term consequences of their actions. Unfortunately, rewards in educational settings are often days or weeks away from behaviour that obtains them. An inability to delay gratification and thereby to make long-term oriented decisions, could therefore be detrimental to academic achievement.
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This presentation was given during the plenary meeting of Learning & Cognition on April 12th, 2012. In this presentation the psychological part of the ALOUD study was presented, which focuses on association between psychological determinants and study success in formal distance education.
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De laatste jaren wordt het steeds duidelijker dat het brein nog niet is uitgerijpt op 12-, 16- of 18-jarige leeftijd. De hersenontwikkeling gaat zeker nog door tot ver na het twintigste levensjaar. Ook is bekend dat schoolprestatie niet alleen bepaald wordt door datgene wat in de genen vastligt, maar dat omgevingsfactoren daar ook invloed op kunnen...
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The aim of our research is to implement and evaluate a recently developed neuropsychological intervention in a school setting.
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Healthy cognitive aging is thought to impact most heavily on episodic memory [1]. However, changes in episodic memory prior to the age of 60 are more controversial than changes in older adults [2]. Furthermore, cognitive decline already present in middle age may not yet manifest in behavior due to the action of neural compensation processes that pr...
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Learning abilities have already started to decline in middle age3. However, middle-aged adults are commonly required to continue to maintain performance in fulltime employment. We investigated whether the ability of middle-aged adults to maintain performance despite the effects of cognitive aging comes at the cost of increased cognitive fatigue. Fu...
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This presentation was given during the plenary meeting of Learning & Cognition on March 15th, 2012. During this presentation the ALOUD-project is presented, which focuses on the association between biological determinants and formal lifelong learning in adults.
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The Memory Compensation Questionnaire (MCQ) is a psychometrically sound instrument that assesses the variety and extent to which an individual compensates for actual or perceived memory losses. Until now, only an English version of the MCQ has been psychometrically evaluated. The aim of the present study was to establish a Dutch version of the MCQ...
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Long-term supplementation with folic acid may improve cognitive performance in older individuals. The relationship between folate status and cognitive performance might be mediated by changes in methylation capacity, as methylation reactions are important for normal functioning of the brain. Although aberrant DNA methylation has been implicated in...
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This study presents a new comprehensive educational group intervention that offers psycho-education about cognitive aging and contextual factors (i.e., negative age stereotypes, beliefs, health, and lifestyle), focuses on skills and compensatory behavior, and incorporates group discussion. Its effects were investigated in community-dwelling older w...
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The present study examined the associations between genetic variation in folate metabolism on the one hand and cognitive functioning and mood on the other in healthy individuals. Two independent population-based samples were used, including 777 participants, aged 24-82 years, from the Maastricht Aging Study (MAAS); and 818 participants, aged 50-70...
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Low blood levels of B vitamins have been implicated in age-associated cognitive impairment. The present study investigated the association between genetic variation in folate metabolism and age-related cognitive decline in the ninth decade of life. Both the 677C>T (rs1801133) polymorphism and the scarcely studied 1298A>C (rs1801131) polymorphism of...
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Despite the perceived importance of early life nutrition for mental development, few studies have related gestational undernutrition to later-life cognitive functioning. We investigated the consequences of gestational exposure to the Dutch famine of 1944-45 for cognitive functioning at the age of 59 years. We recruited men and women who were (i) bo...
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This paper presents a comprehensive group intervention for older adults with cognitive complaints. It offers psychoeducation about cognitive aging and contextual factors, focuses on skills and compensatory behavior, and incorporates group discussion. The intervention reduced negative emotional reactions towards cognitive functioning in a controlled...
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This is the presentation of the project proposal of the ALOUD-project in a meeting with KU Leuven. This project focuses on the psychological (J. Neroni) and biological (H.J.M. Gijselaers) determinants that influence formal lifelong learning.
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This presentation was given during the second meeting of the ICO Introduction Course 2011 in Utrecht. In this presentation the ALOUD study was presented, which focuses on influence of psychological determinants on academic achievement in formal lifelong learning in adults.
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Presentatie van een nieuw uit te voeren onderzoek op het Bernardinus college. Tijdens deze presentatie werd ingegaan op het mogelijke belang van lichamelijke activiteit voor leren en de wijze waarop dit in een nieuw project onderzocht zal worden.
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Onderzoek bij ouderen heeft aangetoond dat lichamelijke activiteit een positief effect heeft op cognitieve prestaties. Bij adolescenten is weinig (objectief) onderzoek uitgevoerd. Middels deze studie wordt op een objectieve manier onderzocht welke associatie er is tussen oa. sporten, fietsen naar school en slapen en de schoolprestaties van adolesce...
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Kunnen adolescenten al wel zelfstandig plannen en organiseren? Nieuwste inzichten vanuit de neurowetenschappen voor het onderwijsplein
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In deze presentatie wordt dieper ingegaan op de rol van voeding, specifiek de omega-3 vetzuren en het ontbijt, als ook slaap voor het presteren op school.
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Presentation about brain development during adolescence and the possible influences of life style factors.
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Rol van voeding bij cognitieve veroudering
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Low blood levels of B vitamins have been implicated in age-associated cognitive impairment. The present study investigated the association between genetic variation in folate metabolism and age-related cognitive decline in the ninth decade of life. Both the 677C>T (rs1801133) polymorphism and the scarcely-studied 1298A>C (rs1801131) polymorphism of...
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Although iron homeostasis is essential for brain functioning, the effects of iron levels on cognitive performance in older individuals have scarcely been investigated. In the present study, serum iron parameters and hemochromatosis (HFE) C282Y genotype were determined in 818 older individuals who participated in a 3-year randomized, placebo-control...
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Neurovegetative and somatic symptoms (such as headaches, heart palpitations and dizziness) have a high prevalence. These symptoms are often indicative for 'masked depression' or 'depression without sadness', especially in older adults. At present, no instrument exists which enables the assessment of these symptoms. This study presents a questionnai...
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Depressive symptoms in the community have a considerable impact on quality of life. Although long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) have frequently been implicated in depressed mood, their relationship with quality of life has scarcely been investigated. This study examined the cross-sectional associations between fish consumption and plas...
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Recent animal and human studies have shown that plant sterols and stanols, which are used as functional food ingredients to lower increased LDL cholesterol concentrations, pass the blood-brain barrier. Whether this affects neurocognitive functioning and mental well-being in humans has, to our knowledge, never been investigated. The aim of the prese...
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Limited information is available with respect to the association between age and the plasma phospholipid fatty acid profile. Therefore we investigated the association between plasma phospholipid fatty acid status and age after correction for sex, smoking, alcohol use, BMI and fish intake. Plasma phospholipid fatty acid composition was measured and...
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The first aim was to examine whether differences in reaction time (RT) between younger (25–35 years) and middle-aged (50–60 years) individuals increase with depth of processing. The second aim was to examine whether this increase is less pronounced in higher educated individuals. Processing of words at the perceptual, phonological, and semantic lev...
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Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) have been implicated in depression, but their role in mood variability in the general population is still unclear. We investigated the associations between LCPUFA status or fish consumption on the one hand and depressive symptoms and chronicity of depressed mood on the other in a community-based sampl...
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Aging people show deterioration in a variety of functions. Knowledge about factors that may delay this deterioration is crucial for identifying causal pathways and potential intervention strategies. Physical fitness has been proposed to be such a factor, but longitudinal studies have been scarce. This study determined the influence of physical func...
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The present study investigated the effects of a narrow range of interstimulus intervals (ISI; 1, 2, or 3 s) on word-learning performance in relation to age and education. Individuals (N = 338) from four age groups (24 to 76 years) with low or high educational attainment were randomly assigned to one of three ISI conditions. Older age, lower educati...
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The aim of the present study was to examine whether deeper processing of words during encoding in middle-aged adults leads to a smaller increase in word-learning performance and a smaller decrease in retrieval effort than in young adults. It was also assessed whether high education attenuates age-related differences in performance. Accuracy of reca...
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There is increasing interest in telehealth as a potential new approach for healthcare delivery. To investigate whether telehealth is suitable to inform the older population about forgetfulness, we designed and compared two types of telehealth: Memory Website and the Memory Phone. The aim of this study was to analyze characteristics of the individua...
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Previous research found a negative association between DHA status and selective attention in pregnant women. Goal of the present exploratory study is to investigate the potential relationship between essential fatty acid status and cognitive performance in a healthy non-pregnant population. Cognitive performance of 54 non-pregnant women was determi...
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Public education about memory was evaluated with a controlled intervention trial. Participants in group 1 (n = 273) attended a symposium covering memory-related topics and received a magazine with identical information. Group 2 (n = 141) only received the magazine. Participants were nonprofessionals and professionals aged between 29 and 88. Outcome...
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Older or lower educated individuals may be less able than younger or higher educated individuals to inhibit irrelevant speech when learning new visual information. In Experiment 1, we investigated the effects of age (four groups), educational attainment (low or high), and verbal noise (spoken words or silence) on word-learning performance in 230 in...