Objective: Expand understanding of the role of selected workplace exposures (ie, occupational complexity, conflict in the workplace, pace of work, and physical hazards) in adults' cognitive function. Methods: Cross-sectional data (n=1991) from the second wave of the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study; restricted to participants who completed telephone-based cognitive assessments of episodic memory, executive functioning, and self-perceived memory. Occupational exposure data were harvested from the O ∗ NET Release 6.0. Results: Greater complexity was associated with better self-perceived memory among women and men, and better episodic memory and executive functioning among women. Greater physical hazards were independently associated with poorer episodic memory and executive functioning. Conclusions: Objective assessments of physical and psychosocial exposures in the workplace are independently associated with cognitive outcomes in adulthood, with psychosocial exposures being particularly pronounced among women.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|State||Published - 1 Jun 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (2P01AG020166-07).
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health