Science Explains Why Gramps Can't Keep Quiet

posted Nov 7, 2017, 5:38 AM by Ryan Quinn
Finally, science has proven one aspect of why the holidays are awkward: as people get older, their ability to filter the things they say fades. 

Using a set of visual and audio cues, researchers at the University of Edinburgh put a group of 100 adults of various ages through their paces, and discovered those who were older lacked what the scientists called "attention-switching skills." 

In short, they found it more difficult not to bring up sensitive information, nor were they as receptive to their partners' points of view.  

In a university release, researcher Madeleine Long noted of this attention-switching gap, “This is particularly important for older adults who are more susceptible to revealing private information. We hope these findings can be used to design targeted training that helps older adults improve these skills and avoid embarrassing and potentially risky communicative errors.”

It would certainly explain many a kooky grandpa or drunk uncle's inability to keep it classy around the turkey.