Something interesting to remember.....

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According to a recent study in Psychological Science, you have until the age of 35 until your memory starts going downhill. During the study, neuroscientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital tested 48,537 people between the ages of 10 and 89. They tested them to evaluate memory, emotion recognition, number skills and vocabulary.

So what did they find? Working memory, or the ability to hold on to facts like names and numbers for a short amount of time peaks at age 25. It holds steady until the age of 35, then after that, it starts to slowly decline. Previous research from the studies coauthors shows that people's short term memory, like the ability to remember a persons eye color, peaks in the early 30s.

So why does this happen so early in life? No one is quite sure. It is believed that the brain improves when we are children and we learn. Then, later in life, it starts to break down and get worse. That really doesn't explain why we peak so early in adulthood. Scientists don’t really know why this occurs.

The silver lining to all of this is that long term memory - which is responsible for helping you remember where you parked the car or where you left your keys - actually increases up until near retirement age before it starts declining. The research also suggested that adults hang on to their long-term memory longer than they used to. Scientists believe that there is something that we are doing that is good for our cognitive behavior that we weren’t doing generations ago. Things like continued education, Sudoku, diet and exercise all help keep our memory sharp. So, it is clear that the more you workout your brain the stronger it gets no matter what age you are.

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  • Dan Canfield
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