Recent trauma suffered during adulthood has a greater impact on aspects of cognitive functioning that trauma suffered during childhood. However, experiencing the death of a parent or parental divorce during childhood was associated with an increase in cognitive decline. People who reported experiencing traumatic events showed greater overall declines in executive function and episodic memory during later life than those who had no experience of adverse events. This was especially true for those who experienced trauma during adulthood than those who experienced trauma as children.
White matter tracts show increasing maturation with age from the back to the front of the brain. The maturations begin as a child reaches 9-12 years of age. The maturity correlates with a critical and formative period of development.
Researchers report children who experience deprivation early in life have impaired memory and executive function between the ages of 8 and 16 compared to peers who were placed in quality foster homes.
Researchers report brain network organization changes can influence executive function in young adults.
A new study reports postmenopausal women who had their last child after the age of 35 or used hormonal contraceptives for more than 10 years tend to perform better on cognitive tests.
According to researchers, pediatric leukemia patients exposed to high levels of methotrexate are more likely to have problems with mental flexibility and other cognitive skills as long term survivors.