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Discussion on: Do you think ageism in tech is improving?

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Patrick Minton

someone in their 40s is less suited to learn from scratch an entirely new skillset than someone in their early 20s who is at their peak of mental abilities.

This sounds like... ageism. The assumption that a 27 year old has greater mental capacity than a 47 year old is tenuous even in a general sense, and is of course ridiculous to assume that it is true for every individual.

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Gabriel

Actually you are right, and some quick reading proves that it is a general misconception:
journals.plos.org/plosone/article?...
health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/h...

However, contrary to our prediction, older adults showed similar rates of learning as indexed by a configural learning score compared to young adults. These results suggest that the ability to acquire knowledge incidentally about configural response relationships is largely unaffected by cognitive aging