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Implications for technological reserve development in advancing age, cognitive impairment, and dementia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 August 2020

Jared F. Benge
Department of Neurology and Plummer Movement Disorders Center, Baylor Scott and White Health, Texas A&M College of Medicine, Temple,
Michael K. Scullin
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, Waco,


This commentary draws connections between technological culture emergence and recent trends in using assistive technology to reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease. By the technical-reasoning hypothesis, cognitively-impaired individuals will lack the cognitive ability to employ technologies. By the technological reserve hypothesis, social-motivational and cultural transmissibility factors can provide foundations for using technology as cognitive prosthetics even during neurodegenerative illnesses.

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press

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