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Does growing up surrounded by books improve our cognitive skills as seniors?

Author: Bc. Julie Kovácsová
Year: 2023 - winter
Leaders: PhDr. Jana Votápková Ph.D.
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 50
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Abstract: This thesis examines whether growing up surrounded by books has an impact
on cognitive skills later in life. Data from SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing
and Retirement in Europe are used. The variable ’books when ten’ is used
to determine its effect on variable ’numeracy’. We used also other variables
regarding the respondent’s age, gender, mental health or family situation. The
results of this study show that those who were surrounded by a higher number
of books as children perform better at a specific task designed to test cognitive
ability when presented with it at an age of over 50 years. The results were
obtained using logit model. The finding that access to books can slow down
cognitive decline later in life can be used to argue for greater focus on reading
and availability of books in schools as well as greater access to books through
public libraries, or act as a hint for parents aiming to give their children the
greatest possible introduction to life.


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