The Frequency of Social and Intellectual Activities Within Young Adults and Their Influences on Cognitive Functioning

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The aim of this project is to investigate the frequency of both social and intellectual activities within young adults (university students) and to determine which has more influence on their cognitive functioning skills such as attention, perception, memory, problem solving and reasoning. There has been a lot of research into the decline in cognitive abilities as we get older and how our lifestyle affects these abilities. However, there is a lack of research considering the lifestyle effects in younger adults. A lot of research has shown that more intellectual and social engagement is associated with better cognitive performance, but there are few investigating which is more important out of the two. By determining which is more important, young adults can make the effort to participate in these activities throughout their lifetime in the hope of increasing their mental functions across midlife, and perhaps avoiding or reducing cognitive declines as they get older. In terms of measuring the participant’s cognitive abilities, computer-based cognitive tests will be used to assess their memory, reasoning, planning and concentration. A self-reported questionnaire will also be administered to measure their social and intellectual engagement. This research is very important as it could provide a better well-being and quality of life for young adults. The knowledge of these associations also helps promote more successful and healthy cognitive ageing. RESEARCH BACKGROUND By

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