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About Gray Rabbitt

Grumpy gerontologist

Age and Memory Muddles

I cannot imagine a happier working lifetime than I have spent researching cognitive ageing but I do get uneasy when people ask me to explain, “Just what have you  found out?” (with the clear sub-text “after all these years”). The … Continue reading

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The clever, the quick and the dead

In Science What Goes Around Comes Around – but sometimes this can take 40 years. By far my kindest mentor was Alan Welford; a slow, sonorous, intensely dignified scholar and clergyman.   He was touchingly dismissive of all but one of … Continue reading

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Train your old Brain?

    As we grow old we all hope for some way to keep, and even sharpen our wits. The media understand this and excitedly publish claims, often based on very dodgy studies, that computerised “brain training” programs, or courses … Continue reading

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The Ageing World: Make Room ! Make Room !

Once upon a time all the world was young because most of us left the party early. Now we hang on so much longer that there are more old people alive than at any time during recorded history. Soon there … Continue reading

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Age and Absent-Mindedness

Donald Broadbent, an intimidating tutor and later a scary boss, used to describe how once, when  shutting up his house for the night, he  carefully set a lettuce on the doorstep for the milkman and put the milk bottles in … Continue reading

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How did I get so late so soon? Age and the passage of time.

  In his last years, when he was sadly bewildered about many things, my father used to annoy his family by ceaseless sighing about his remembered past: “How has it all gone so quickly? It seems just like a dream”.  … Continue reading

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Old Dogs, old tricks and reaching one’s prime.

Studies of outstanding achievements show that innate or “natural” ability is a crucial entry qualification for a distinguished career playing music 1 or chess 2 but that most of the vast differences in achievement between excellent and internationally outstanding players are due … Continue reading

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