Cognitive Decline Begins Sooner Than We Think
the MPR take:
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.
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