How the Brain & Cognition Change with Age


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Why does the brain shrink with age?

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1. What is prospective memory?

2. Which of the following is NOT a reason why the brain continues to deteriorate into old age?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How are memory and attention impacted by aging and what in the brain deteriorates to cause degradation in these areas? This quiz and worksheet will test your ability to define terms and phrases used in relation to cognitive loss in the aging brain.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe the process of brain shrinking
  • What prospective memory is
  • A reason or reasons why the brain continues to deteriorate in old age
  • A reason why attention deteriorates in old age
  • What leads to cognitive defects

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on changes to the brain and cognition
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as neurodegeneration and prospective memory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding cognitive deficits

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, view the video lesson called How the Brain & Cognition Change with Age. This lesson will:

  • Define cognition
  • Use the analogy of a crumbling house foundation to explain brain degeneration
  • Explain how brain neurons work and what leads to brain cell death
  • Identify and detail areas of change resulting from brain deterioration