Neuroticism does not affect cognitive functioning in later life

Marko Jelicic, Hans Bosma, Rudolf W. H. M. Ponds, Martin P. J. van Boxtel, Peter J. Houx, Jelle Jolles

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In a cross-sectional study, Jorm and colleagues (1993. Personality and Individual Differences, 15, 721-723) found that neuroticism was related to poorer cognitive performance in the elderly. The present study was initiated to expand their findings using both cross-sectional and longitudinal data from the Maastricht Aging Study. In contrast to the findings of Jorm and coworkers, neuroticism was not associated with either current cognitive performance or cognitive decline over a period of 3 years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-78
JournalExperimental aging research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

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