Advancing age starts to take its toll on brain performance – at the tender age of 24 years.
If you’re in your late 20s or older, you’re not as sharp as you used to be, suggests a study of gamers playing the popular video game Starcraft 2.
The study analyzed the way 3,305 people, aged 16 to 44, played the game against a single random opponent of similar skill, in order to measure the gamers’ cognitive motor performance. Cognitive motor performance is how quickly your brain reacts to things happening around you, allowing you to act during tasks such as driving.
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The analysis revealed exactly when advancing age starts to take its toll on brain performance – at the tender age of 24 years.
The results were published late last week in the journal PLOS ONE.
Joe Thompson, lead author of the study, said he was surprised by how early the decline started and how big the age effect was, even among those in their 30s.
“If you’re 39, competing against a 24-year-old and you’re both in the otherwise same level of skill,” Thompson said, “the effect of age is expected to offset a great deal of your learning.”
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