Study shows "mental powers" peak at 22. Love it or Hate it? Leave you comments.

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

People joke about being old once they hit the big 3-0, and a new study shows they may be right.

According an article from the BBC on the study, "mental powers" peak at 22 and begin to decrease by 27, marking what they say is the start of old age.

Professor Timothy Salthouse of the University of Virginia conducted a seven-year study of 2,000 healthy people between the ages of 18 and 60 and published his findings in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.

The BBC references the study saying that nine out of 12 tests showed that the average age of people who scored highest was 22.

Participants in the study had to solve puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols. 27 was the first age that showed any significant decline.

If your older than 27, don't worry, there is hope, memory didn't seem to decline until, on average, 37 and knowledge gained from constant learning, such as vocabulary, increased until 60 years of age.

So, what do you think about this study? I guess it may depend on your age. Leave us your comments.

Click here to read more on the study from an article in the BBC.