Cognitive Decline Begins Sooner Than We Think

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We may not think of our 20s as the start of cognitive aging, but a new study suggests that this process begins at age 24. 3,305 participants 16–44 years of age were asked to play the real-time strategy video game StarCraft 2 that replicates everyday scenarios that utilize our cognitive abilities like concentration, multitasking, and shifting attention. The researchers found that cognitive speed dropped by approximately 15% for every 15 years after age 24. Because this decline was unrelated to skill level in playing the game, the authors posit that indirect compensation is assisting older players' performances.

Cognitive Decline Begins Sooner Than We Think
Cognitive Decline Begins Sooner Than We Think
Is 24 the new 50. If you're going by when our intellectual skills start to decline and dull due to the passage of time, then it might be. The participants played a real-time game that approximated everyday real-world situations that test our cognitive abilities, from concentration to juggling ...

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