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Stuart-Hamilton, Ian; McDonald, Lorraine – Educational Gerontology, 2001
Results of the Need for Cognition Scale for 40 older adults indicated that their levels of need were related to their performance on Piagetian tasks. Intelligence thus appears determined by attitudes as well as ability. Motivation, need, and intellectual preferences, rather than aging, may contribute to perceived decline in intellectual skills.…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Attitudes, Developmental Tasks, Intelligence