2007 年 5 巻 2 号 p. 2_35-2_40
Present study examined the relationship between cosmetic behavior and higher brain function of middle and aged female people. Participants were 181 community dwellers in rural town (their age ranged from 39 to 91 years old). They had a cognitive test battery as a part of medical checkup. The used cognitive test was Nagoya University Cognitive Assessment Battery (NU-CAB) that mainly consisted of items for the examination of prefrontal brain function. Results of habitual cosmetic behavior examination with aging suggested that middle and old women quitted from the makeup behavior in the first stage and then the care cosmetic behavior such as skin care in the second stage. Results of cognitive function showed that the participants habitually having the care cosmetic behavior were higher than the participants habitually did not in several cognitive tests. These results suggest a relationship between sustaining of cosmetic behavior and decline of higher brain function in the aged people.