Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's All Downhill From Here

The BBC is reporting the results of a new brain study looking at the deterioration of the mental capabilities with age:

In nine out of 12 tests the average age at which the top performance was achieved was 22.

The first age at which there was any marked decline was at 27 in tests of brain speed, reasoning and visual puzzle-solving ability.

Things like memory stayed intact until the age of 37, on average, while abilities based on accumulated knowledge, such as performance on tests of vocabulary or general information, increased until the age of 60.

Peaking at 22 and marked declines starting at 27, how's that for depressing. I'm not sure the knowledge that I have another five years or so of good memory outweighs the knowledge that I'm likely already ten years removed from my peak.

Hopefully that wealth of valuable knowledge in important subjects like video games, movies, and strange dog behavior will help carry me through.

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