Elaborating a Hypothetical Concept: Comments on the Special Series on Cognitive Reserve

Stern, Yaakov

The four studies in this symposium emerged from a 2009 Friday Harbor workshop that focused on using the most advanced psychometric approaches in the study of cognitive reserve (CR). The CR hypothesis emerged from the observation that there is not a direct relationship between the amount of brain changes or pathology and the cognitive or functional consequences of those brain changes. Outstanding data sets were combined with state-of-the-art analytical approaches to ask unique questions about CR. Part of the attraction of the concept of CR is that it provides a framework for attempting to understand individual differences. These studies represent excellent "seed beds" from which to generate new research about how CR develops and is implemented. Hopefully the CR concept will continue to frame research toward the important goal of preserving and improving cognition and functional abilities across the life span. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)



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