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Author: Zhu, Xi
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1. Upenieks, Laura
Zhu, Xi
Life Course Religious Attendance and Cognitive Health at Midlife: Exploring Gendered Contingencies
Research on Aging 46,2 (11 July 2023): 95-112.
Also: https://doi.org/10.1177/01640275231188998
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Sage Publications
Keyword(s): Age and Ageing; Cognitive Ability; Life Course; Religion

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A growing body of literature suggests that religious attendance might mitigate processes of cognitive decline associated with aging. However, few studies have made adequate linkages with the life course perspective. We draw from over 35 years of prospective panel data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth (1979-2015) to assess the associations of cumulative exposures to religious attendance over the life course (childhood and midlife) for self-rated cognitive health and working memory (as assessed by the Serial 7s task). Our results suggest that midlife adults who attended religious services consistently between childhood and adulthood had higher self-rated cognitive health and better working memory. Women were also found to receive stronger benefits to self-rated cognitive health from consistent religious practice between childhood and adulthood. This pattern of findings allows for greater reflection into the neural enrichment and neural depletion arguments proposed to explain the religion/cognitive health link in previous research.
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Upenieks, Laura and Xi Zhu. "Life Course Religious Attendance and Cognitive Health at Midlife: Exploring Gendered Contingencies." Research on Aging 46,2 (11 July 2023): 95-112.