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The terminal drop hypothesis: fact or artifact?

Authors
  • Siegler, I C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Experimental aging research
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1975
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
169–185
Identifiers
PMID: 802856
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Findings from eight longitudinal investigations were reviewed in order to evaluate the terminal drop hypothesis. The concept of terminal drop was seen to be more useful when partitioned into its component parts: the relationship between the level of cognitive performance with survival and with distance from death, and the relationship between changes in cognitive performance and death. Health status and age at death emerged as important intervening variables in understanding the terminal drop concept.

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