Our mental speed remains high until age 60, analysis of more than 1 million people shows

Our mental speed remains high until age 60, analysis of more than 1 million people shows

A major study suggests that people don’t need to worry about mental slowdown until they are in their 60s.

German researchers who tracked 1.2 million people believe they have dispelled the theory that mental speed peaks around age 20.

It is said that the speed of thinking, that is, how quickly someone finds the right answer, increases after twenty, and then stabilizes until it reaches 60.

This suggests that the power of the brain does not slow down until the body slows down.

“Our results challenge the widely held notion of age-related mental decline,” the experts said.

Researchers in Germany who tracked 1.2 million people found that speed of thought, which is how quickly someone finds the right answer, increases after age 20 and then levels off until you hit 60.  The graph shows that the speed of thought increased from age 10 to 30 and then remained stable until age 60, when it worsened.  The black dots show the average thinking speed for each age.

Researchers in Germany who tracked 1.2 million people found that speed of thought, which is how quickly someone finds the right answer, increases after age 20 and then levels off until you hit 60. The graph shows that the speed of thought increased from age 10 to 30 and then remained stable until age 60, when it worsened. The black dots show the average thinking speed for each age.

However, the researchers said that decision caution, meaning the amount of information given before making a decision, increases between 18 and 18 years of age.  According to the researchers,

However, the researchers said that decision caution, meaning the amount of information given before making a decision, increases between 18 and 18 years of age. According to the researchers, “the most willing to sacrifice accuracy for speed.”

The researchers also found that the time it took to make a decision, such as the time it took to process the words in a task and press a button, increased from 15 years to 80 years, which the researchers say provides a second explanation for why previous studies found a response.  time increases with age

The researchers also found that the time it took to make a decision, such as the time it took to process the words in a task and press a button, increased from 15 years to 80 years, which the researchers say provides a second explanation for why previous studies found a response. time increases with age

Previous studies that suggested middle-aged people were slower thinkers relied on average response times to register a response, which may involve other mental and physical processes.

In a new study, researchers at the University of Heidelberg used a different calculation that allowed them to extract the speed of thought from the response time of volunteers.

They relied on the results of psychological tests of approximately 1.2 million people aged 10 to 80 between 2016 and 2018.

Participants classified the words and images that appeared on the screen into one of two categories, such as good or bad, by pressing buttons.

The combined results, published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, showed that the speed of thinking increases from age 10 to 30 and then remains stable until age 60.

The researchers said that this signals a “small age difference” in the speed of thinking in middle age.

It also disproves the suggestion that older people are simply slow-witted, which can have “noticeable consequences in working life.”

However, after reaching the age of 80, the speed of thinking deteriorates rapidly. This is due to the natural aging process that shrinks the brain.

But they found that the average task response time drops sharply after 20 years, reflecting findings from earlier studies.

The researchers attributed this to caution in decision making, the amount of information received before making a decision, which declined between the ages of 10 and 18 and then increased throughout the rest of people’s lives.

This suggests that people have the least inhibitions at 18, when they are “most willing to sacrifice accuracy for speed,” they say.

The team also pointed to response time without making a decision, such as the time it takes to process the words in a task and click a button.

This increased from age 15 to age 80, which the researchers believe is the second explanation for why previous studies have shown that reaction time increases with age.

The researchers said: “Our analyzes show that average speed of thought remains roughly stable throughout middle age, with a slight decline after age 50.”

This “surprising discovery remains hidden” when measured only by average response time because it does not take into account time spent on careful decision making and other brain processes, they say.

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