Is there an age when the brain is at the top of his performance? It is seeking to answer this question that Canadian researchers have identify the precise age from which our cognitive performance began to decline : 24 years.
Fortunately, all is not lost past this age they have also demonstrated that our brain can compensate for this “decline” by implementing new coping strategies.
Better learn to play chess or bridge before 24 years if we are to believe the findings of the Canadian study, one of the first to forward a specific age related cognitive decline.
His findings, published in the journal PLOS One, indicate that this age, our cognitive performance are their maximum.
To demonstrate this, a team of researchers from the University Canadian Simon Fraiser was based on data from 3,305 followers StarCraft 2, aged 16 to 44.
The video game War in real time requires a large capacity concentration, skill, speed and strategy.
The scientists analyzed their performance, strategic moves and the reaction time of each player.
It has been found that after 24 years, cognitive speed slows, as the difference in response to movements of his opponents, leading to lower performance.
Between a player ” Bronze ” 39 years and another 24 years, the difference in game speed can reach a total of 30 seconds on a part that lasts 15 minutes, a significant difference.
If the older players are slower, they are those who deploy various tricks to compensate for this decline in cognitive speed, note the authors of this study.
Performance is thus the result of the constant interaction between climate change and adaptation by the brain to be more efficient, yet emphasize the scientific.
The decline is all relative and nuance.