Aging and Metacognition Term Paper by Master Researcher

Aging and Metacognition
An examination on the effects of aging on metacognition.
# 35587 | 2,900 words | 11 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 14, 2003 in Psychology (General) , Aging (General)

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This paper analyzes the effect of aging on metacognition. The paper discusses how aging is the product of degrading metacognition which is subjective to conditions surrounding it. Furthermore, the paper finds that this is an external condition which can be repaired through extensive training. The paper concludes that what most old people need to learn is to fully focus their attention on their desired objectives in order to revive their cognitive ability from time to time.

Thesis Statement
Theory of Aging
Aging Affects Metacognition
Disuse Interpretations
Across Activity Comparisons
Experiential Differences
Chronic Conditions
Internally Focused Interventions
Attention Span

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"It is important to first outline briefly various current concepts of feebleness. As our knowledge base has grown, we have learnt that certain processes, such as osteoporosis, which were once seen as inevitable consequences of intrinsic aging, have several external risk factors which may be modifiable in many cases. In an attempt to define aging, it is not possible to ignore the fact that older people do actually suffer from diseases and not just simple physiological inadequacy. Hence, aging may be regarded as a progressive decline in physiological response to stress, which could include physical and chemical insults, infections, tumors and trauma.
"Certain evolutionary theories have been able to establish from the observation of species-specific maximal life spans. These geneticists argue that the senescent phenotype is non-adaptive meaning, that aging is a component and act as a by-product of gene action or because the effects of natural selection decline with age. For example antagonistic pleiotropic genes in which genes, which have a beneficial effect when, expressed early in life may have a deleterious effect when expressed late in life. Also worth mentioning is the fact that `disposable soma' theory where somatic maintenance is optimized to the expected life span of the species."

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