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Older people slower but smarter than young ones
03-08-2016, 08:40 PM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Human intelligence is wired to peak at different stages of life – and it turns out the brain saves some goodies for the golden years, American scientists found.

The ability to think quickly and recall information, known as “fluid intelligence”, was long thought to reach its pinnacle at around 20 years old, followed by a slow, unrelenting decline.

But the picture’s more complicated than that.

Where raw speed in processing information peaked around the age of graduating high school, short-term memory improved until age 25 and didn’t decline until age 35.

But the ability to evaluate other people’s emotional states didn’t peak until the 40s and 50s, the data showed. And the most stellar performers in vocabulary intelligence were participants in their late 60s or early 70s.

“At any given age, you’re getting better at some things, you’re getting worse at some other things, and you’re at a plateau at some other things,”

Want to see how your own brain stacks up? Take the team’s tests at gameswithwords.org and testmybrain.org.

Read more: cosmosmagazine.com

The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.



03-09-2016, 12:59 AM #2
bohica Member
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I knew that, with most people around me being younger and dumber.

I'm in my seventh decade on Earth. I know things.
03-09-2016, 03:04 AM #3
Kreeper Griobhtha
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I think we have peaked in intelligence and will be screaming toward Idiocracy for now on.

What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
03-09-2016, 03:48 AM #4
ocker1 Member
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I feels sorry fer yous Young'ns
03-09-2016, 05:54 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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03-12-2016, 03:25 AM #6
Accidental Stoner Member
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I don't know...some of the brightest souls and hardiest warrior types
I've met these last few years around here, are in their 20's...people of
true integrity, as far as I can tell. Honest psychonauts, even.


Oh wait...says more about yours truly, eh..?


No, for real, some of them seem so much more ahead in their thinking,
than my generation was at that age. As it must be, I guess. Those
awakened to the harsh reality of what I call Politics 1.01 are very nice to
have as good, reliable friends and peers in town.

And of course...I meet mostly musicians and artists.

Some of them cling to their illusions like leeches on a (...fekk, ain't no
such idiom, or is there..?), but rock'n'roll is going to pull them outta there.
03-12-2016, 03:34 AM #7
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,416 Threads:1,585 Joined:Feb 2011
(03-12-2016, 03:25 AM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  Some of them cling to their illusions like leeches on a

Did you mean acorn?
03-12-2016, 06:42 AM #8
Accidental Stoner Member
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No, I was going to write "horse's head", but I think that was
a German movie scene (and those were eels, not leeches) , not
an English idiom 13.gif

Humphrey Bogart's legs..?
03-12-2016, 07:14 AM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Get off my lawn.

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03-16-2016, 09:43 AM #10
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(03-09-2016, 03:04 AM)Kreeper Wrote:  I think we have peaked in intelligence and will be screaming toward Idiocracy for now on.

Well if we already hit the peak of our potential then we never stood a chance against it anyway.



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