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Brain slows at 40, starts body decline
cognitivefun | 10 years ago Reply Link me
Brain slows at 40, starts body decline
cognitivefun | 10 years ago Reply
In economics class, they told me that the wages that an individual can command generally peak at the age of 50. Take that for what you will.
? | 9 years ago Reply
Is it any coincidence that Dostoyevsky's underground man remarks that it is bad taste to live beyond the age of 40?

Something to think on.
? | 10 years ago Reply
Somewhere else (The Brother's K, I think) he comments that 50 is the prime of life.
benjamin | 10 years ago Reply
No, that's The Idiot. A perfectly apt title in this situation. ;-)
? | 9 years ago Reply
Well, that's tongue-in-cheek, of course. ;-)
? | 10 years ago Reply
Entropy would be easier to understand once you are 60.
? | 10 years ago Reply
And/Or dead....
? | 10 years ago Reply
I'm 60. Things are very different for me than they used to be, not worse, just different. for example, it's easier to understand difficult concepts because I've had more practice at it. The first time I ran into the concept of entropy, I was bowled over by it; now it seems just common sense. on the other hand, I have to work harder at memorizing things, and will forget unimportant things very quickly. Learning a new body of knowledge requires more effort, partly because it's harder to memorize, and partly because I don't want to memorize because I don't see it as important.
Physically, I am less flexible, stiffer and need more sleep. I find it is easier to fall asleep because I know sleep is important. I can bench press slightly more than what I could at age 25, and am still improving (getting stronger) at exercises that I care about such as deadlifts and squats. Reactions are slower but endurance is just as good if (and only if) i work hard at it.
? | 10 years ago Reply
Sounds like your experience confirms my suspicion that some things drop off inevitably, but others go due to lack of use.
altie | 9 years ago Reply
It's true that the body declines with age.

I have been aware of this research my entire life and have treated myself as somewhat of a guinea pig, testing and retesting myself starting in my early 20's up through the present. I am now 47 and have not lost anything in terms of reaction time,reasoning or memory at all. At least not according to test results. This is purely anecdotal, but I think that some of the reason for the lack of decline has been the decades of cognitive and physical exercise.

I can still lift the same weights and have a very similiar body composition as in my 20s. The only decline I DO notice is in quality and depth of sleep as well as a decline in excitability and energy reserves.
? | 10 years ago Reply
Well, I think the solution to your problem would be hormonal, then. ;-)

This study seems limited in scope. But of course one says nothing about individuals when referring to statistics. Thanks for your valuable, pace anecdotal, report.
? | 10 years ago Reply
I thought that fluid intelligence peaked at 14 - it would make sense if our mental peak coincided with the onset of puberty.
cevapcici | 9 years ago Reply
hi
BrainMaster2 | 9 years ago Reply
come on
BrainMaster2 | 9 years ago Reply
Go away. Yes, YOU.
? | 9 years ago Reply
no
BrainMaster2 | 9 years ago Reply
come on
BrainMaster2 | 9 years ago Reply

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