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Education, gender and cognitive performance in a 62-year-old normal population: results from the Turva Project

  • R. Portin (a1), S. Saarijärvi (a1), M. Joukamaa (a1) and R. K. R. Salokangas (a1)

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Four WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale) subtests, and tasks of memory and cognitive control were administered to a population sample of 143 men and 179 women. Subjects with a minor advantage in years of education out-performed those with only primary schooling. Gender-related effects were also remarkable. Whereas the general abilities were equal in the genders, women out-performed men on recall of word pairs and objects, on verbal cognitive control and on Digit Symbol. In contrast, men excelled on Trail Making A, and on Block Design. The findings emphasize the need for age norms by gender and education for cognitive tests.

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1Address for correspondence: Dr R. Portin, Department of Neurology, University of Turku, FIN-20520 Turku, Finland.

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Education, gender and cognitive performance in a 62-year-old normal population: results from the Turva Project

  • R. Portin (a1), S. Saarijärvi (a1), M. Joukamaa (a1) and R. K. R. Salokangas (a1)

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