Throughout life, all people experience fluctuating self-control. Some days you may be able to contain your urge to eat an entire box of chocolates, other times you may not. This ability is further-reaching, too - some days you may feel in control of your life and goals, other days not so much. While these changes in the ability to control yourself are normal throughout life, a recent study found that high levels of self-control may improve cognitive function in seniors.
In a study of older adults with an average age of 74, researchers from North Carolina State University tested participants' sense of control every 12 hours for 60 days and measured their cognitive functions such as memory and inductive reasoning. They found that the more in control an individual felt, the higher they scored on these cognitive tests.
Researchers say the results of the study, which was published in Psychology and Aging, show that improved cognitive function seems to stem from the feeling of improved control. Understanding the day to day changes in self control and how it affects cognition may improve elderly care services.