Promoting academia work in Steemit
A review of academic blog entries posted by @coinbitgold, who is using all Steem Dollars from my #academiaspotlight upvotes to promote Steemit to Scientists, Economists, Engineers, Mathematicians in academia. All steem dollars from this post will go to author and reviewer for thanking their contribution to steemit #academia! The #academiaspotlight is an initiative by #pevo team.
Welcome to the first issue of #academiaspotlight!
Something about the Brain and Cognitive Aging
In this first issue, we will be introducing you to @ben.zimmerman!
From his introduction here, he is a neuroscientist. His research interests involve ending aging and cognitive enhancement. We tell you why he is selected for the very first issue of #academiaspotlight! We are puzzled with his relatively low payouts and think he deserved better! Let’s take a closer look at his post on “Age-related cognitive decline” and see what he has posted.
What is the significance of cognitive aging related studies?
Aging is something unavoidable for everyone no matter how much we wish to avoid. Day by day, we age physically. We get tired sitting in front of the laptop typing a blog post, complaining of back pain and more. But we never got tired during our high school or college days wasting the night away partying or trying to finish an assignment in one night. Part of that physical aging means also aging in our brain.
Our brain is the most amazing organ in our body. In fact, experts have said that there is more we don’t know about the brain than we currently know. In fact, all the great and complex mathematics, economic systems, science and engineering theories and computer programming algorithms come from the brilliant economists, engineers and scientists. But think about it, the source of all the brilliant stuff is the BRAIN. It thrills me that there are people studying our brain because that's where all the knowledge advancement of humanity and brilliant ideas came from!
But we want to age healthily in our brain. We want to still be able to read a book for leisure. We want to still remember how to use the internet. Most importantly, we want to still be able to write a good blog post. I often used to think that as I aged physically, my brain will probably process things slower and might affect my verbal ability. So I was pretty surprised to see this is probably not totally the case!
What I learnt from his post
This is a longitudinal graph which basically means a snapshot of the same individual over the years from his post here.
According to this graph in his post, it seems that our verbal ability, verbal memory and inductive reasoning peak at somewhere 46 – 60 years old! That’s awesome for me to find out that I can still be blogging and writing a good blog post when I am in my 40s to 60s! But the perceptual speed does decline, so yes, albeit a bit slower, at least I hope I can still be writing. Look at which point you are at!
He will be writing on his thesis work and also topics that relate to those broader scientific interests! I wish all the best to @ben.zimmerman PhD (he is defending soon!) and look forward to his future blog entries. So follow @ben.zimmerman if you are interested to know more neuroscience and cognitive aging!
We hope that you have learnt something from this post. We also welcome any feedback on #academiaspotlight. Please let us know if you found posts which are academic in nature which have not received as much love and we may add them to the next issue.
Stay tuned and watch out for #academiaspotlight issue 2!