Patricia Cohen has been a New York Times reporter for 13 years. She has also worked at the Washington Post, Rolling Stone and New York Newsday. Her stories have led to numerous television and radio appearances. She is also a regular participant in the Times Talks series and New York Times podcasts. Her book In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age was published in January 2012.
Despite news reports about cognitive decline starting at 45, the middle-aged brain actually performs better in other ways