Journal article

Fluid intelligence is independently associated with all-cause mortality over 17 years in an elderly community sample: An investigation of potential mechanisms

Philip J Batterham, Helen Christensen, Andrew J Mackinnon

INTELLIGENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

The long-term relationship between lower intelligence and mortality risk in later life is well established, even when controlling for a range of health and sociodemographic measures. However, there is some evidence for differential effects in various domains of cognitive performance. Specifically, tests of fluid intelligence may have a stronger association with mortality than do tests of crystallized intelligence. The present study examines the relationship between intelligence and mortality in a sample of 896 Australian community-dwelling males and females, aged 70-97 at recruitment and followed for up to 17 years. There were 687 deaths during the follow-up period. Cox proportional hazard r..

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