“The picture that emerges from these findings,” writes Carey, “is of an older brain that moves more slowly than its younger self, but is just as accurate in many areas and more adept at reading others’ moods--on top of being more knowledgeable. That’s a handy combination, given that so many important decisions [these] people make intimately affects others.”
Of course, "social judgement" sounds a lot to me like what used to be called "wisdom." I'm pretty sure I even recall the Bible mentioning something about that (Leviticus 19:32, Proverbs 16:31, Job 12:12). But my underdeveloped, 26-year-old brain can't quite recall.