Having certain personality traits might affect your later risk of cognitive impairment, according to a study published last week in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Researchers at the University of Victoria in Canada analyzed the personalities of almost 2,000 people, looking at three key personality traits – conscientiousness, extroversion and neuroticism. Neuroticism is a trait that affects how a person deals with stress. Neurotic people often see minor frustrations as overwhelming or threatening. Conscientious people tend to be self-disciplined, organized and goal-directed. And extroverts are enthusiastic about life and often assertive and outgoing. The researchers found that extroverts and people with a high score on conscientiousness or a low score in neuroticism were significantly less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment as they got older.