Posted on: Wed, 6 May 2020
Dr Michael Mosley and Dr Hannah Fry hosted a special BBC Two Horizon show on intelligence, featuring Professor Ian Deary, Dr Simon Cox and some of our Lothian Birth Cohorts participants as well as former LBC team member, Professor Alan Gow of Heriot Watt University and the radiographers at Edinburgh Imaging.
The show demonstrated a range of tests with volunteers in the studio and presented the results of the Great British Intelligence Test.
The programme showcased the Lothian Birth Cohorts with the project’s unique history and contribution to intelligence research. Professor Deary reviewed the key insights into successful cognitive ageing.
Our neuroscientist, Dr Simon Cox, explained that superior thinking skills are only weakly related to overall brain size, and other aspects, such as the state of the white and grey matters are also important.
The programme reiterated the key LBC findings that healthy cognitive ageing is related positively to regular physical and mental activity but negatively to well-known factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.