Young vs. Old: Which Workers Are More Consistent?

Having a bad day at work? If you are, you’re probably in your 20s, says a new German study that finds that workers age 65-plus are cognitively more consistent, reliable and productive than workers much younger. The researchers, from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, wanted to see if there really were “good” and “bad” days in terms of cognitive performance on the job, and whether age made a difference, according to the study published last month …

Cognitive Decline: Does It Start In Our 40s?

Those who think signs of cognitive decline start around age 60, a new study has some unwelcome news: Brain function could start lessening beginning at age 45. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, involved giving cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of a decade, reports the L.A. Times. The tests evaluated memory, reasoning, vocabulary, and visual and hearing comprehension. Declines were seen in all areas except vocabulary, and …

How Early Does Cognitive Decline Begin? Earlier Than You Think

Those who think signs of cognitive decline start around age 60, a new study has some unwelcome news: Brain function could start lessening beginning at age 45. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, involved giving cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of a decade, reports the L.A. Times. The tests evaluated memory, reasoning, vocabulary, and visual and hearing comprehension. Declines were seen in all areas except vocabulary, and …

Who’re You Calling Slow? Older Brains Can Match Young Ones, Study Says

Are older brains slower to make decisions? Yes, but they’re just as accurate as young  brains — even up to ages 85 and 90, new research finds. “Many people think that it is just natural for older people’s brains to slow down as they age, but we’re finding that isn’t always true,”  Roger Ratcliff, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, said in a press release. “At least in some situations, 70-year-olds may have response times similar to those of …