Warning: you're about to feel old.
According to a new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University, our cognitive-motor performance begins to slow at 24 years of age.
"Among the general public, people tend to think of middle age as being roughly 45 years of age, after which there are obvious age-related declines in cognitive-motor functioning," the authors write.
"Aging research has shown that this general conception is incorrect. There is much evidence that memory and speed on a variety of cognitive tasks may peak much earlier."
How did they determine this younger-than-expected initiation into old age? Gaming records.
The study, which was published last week in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE, "investigates age-related changes in cognitive motor performance through adolescence and adulthood in a complex real world task, the real-time strategy video game StarCraft 2."
The research team analyzed the gaming records for 3,305 StarCraft 2 players aged 16 to 44 and found that, Read More »from According to Canadian researchers, ‘over the hill’ begins at 24