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Portraits of the Lothian Birth Cohort

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Artist Fionna Carlisle and Professor of Psychology Ian Deary discuss the upcoming exhibition of the Lothian Birth Cohort participants

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Did you know that Scotland is home to the longest study of human cognition in the world?

The Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936 feature data from the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947. The surveys tested the intelligence of almost every child born in 1921, or in 1936, attending school in Scotland in the month of June in those years. Beginning in 1999 and still going, Psychology researchers at Edinburgh traced and re-tested over 1600 people who had taken part in the original surveys, at age 11 – offering a unique opportunity to study the ageing of thinking skills across most of the human lifespan.

Contemporary Scottish Artist Fionna Carlisle and Lothian Birth Cohorts Director Professor Ian Deary discuss how they came to collaborate on an exhibition of the Lothian Birth Cohort participants, which is showing at the Edinburgh College of Art later this year.

Visit the exhibition website for more details:

The Art of Intelligent Ageing: Portraits of the Lothian Birth Cohort Studies by Fionna Carlisle

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Fionna Carlise

Ian Deary

Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

Godfrey Thompson Project | Documenting the understanding of human intelligence

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