From Karen Siedlecki, Sandra Donnay and Michelle Paggi in The Journal of Posi­tive Psychology: Despite age-asso­ci­ated decreases in cogni­tive and phys­ical abil­i­ties, age is not asso­ci­ated with a decrease in ratings of well-being; this phenom­enon is termed the ‘paradox of well-being.’ One poten­tial expla­na­tion for this paradox may be that older adults place less value on cogni­tive abil­i­ties that have been shown to decrease with age (e.g., memory) and more value on cogni­tive abil­i­ties shown to increase with age (e.g., knowl­edge). Using online methods, 358 indi­vid­uals between the ages of 18 and 88 completed a survey assessing the values placed on everyday cogni­tive abil­i­ties, self-ratings for those same abil­i­ties, and life satis­fac­tion. Results indi­cated that there were minimal age-related differ­ences in values placed on everyday cogni­tive abil­i­ties and that values gener­ally did not moderate the rela­tion­ship between percep­tions of cogni­tive func­tioning and life satis­fac­tion. Of note, values placed on cogni­tion signif­i­cantly predicted life satis­fac­tion in younger adults, but not in middle-aged and older adults. · Go to Do values placed on cogni­tive abil­i­ties shift with age? →