Active lifestyle can help improve decision-making

August 1st, 2011 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 1 (IANS) A more active lifestyle seems to be the best way to help us improve our decision-making based on what we hear, says a study.

Ray Hull, audiologist at Wichita State University in the US, describes auditory processing as the ability to make decisions about what we hear and the ability to comprehend what is being said to us.

Even moderate cardiovascular exercise in your late 80s or early 90s can improve the ability to process what you hear and help speed up the decision-making process, adds Hull, professor in communication sciences and disorders at Wichita State, who led the study.

Somehow activities appear to turn back our biological clock and help us process information better, reports the American Journal of Audiology.

“One of the reasons the processing of what people hear tends to decline with advancing age is that they become less and less active as they get older,” says Hull, according to a Wichita statement.

Adult children often wonder: “Why can’t dad seem to understand what we’re saying to him or make decisions about what we tell him anymore?”

Hull, who led the study, said the answer to that question may not be that dad is hard of hearing, but it may be his inability to comprehend or process what he hears, which may be due to lethargic lifestyle.

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