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posterIf you're 40 or above and live in the UK, you could help a research project that is looking at how people's thinking skills change - or in some cases stay the same - as we get older.

The research is being led by Dr Alan J. Gow, Associate Professor in Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, and is collecting data using a survey, which you can fill in online or on paper.  Either way, it should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

The survey is titled “What keeps you sharp?”  It’s designed to explore people’s beliefs about how our thinking skills change with age and whether our lifestyles affect those changes. It’s a UK-wide survey and is the biggest of its kind looking at the topic of thinking skills. The results will help researchers understand how best to communicate what they know from research on brain ageing to people in the future.

  • By completing the survey online at
  • By asking Dr Gow’s research team for a printed copy of the survey, which will be sent to you with a prepaid reply envelope. A large print version is available. Email   or call 0131 451 8009 to ask for the printed version and please state your name, full address and postcode.
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