Research shows that the human brain reaches its peak of development at 25 years, and then the reverse process begins. True, this applies primarily to the weakening of memory. As a rule, there are difficulties with planning and memorization. This is confirmed by a study conducted by American psychologists Joshua Hartshorne and Laura Germaine. The experiment involved more than 48 thousand people aged 10 to 71 years. Participants were offered to solve about 30 tasks, including vocabulary and the ability to associate a sequence of numbers with symbols, to recognize emotions from a photograph, to an outlook, tests for working memory, for arithmetic, for matching objects and much more.
The best to work with numbers and symbols turned out to be among respondents aged 19-20 years. But in the recognition of emotions and vocabulary volume, life experience took up. Here young people were surpassed by volunteers over the age of 40. In some tasks, the peak of brain activity fell on 60-year-olds – they coped better with them, in some – on 50-year-olds. Scientists have concluded that it is impossible to say that the brain reaches its development at a certain age – its various abilities can manifest themselves at different periods of a person’s life. Under certain conditions of life, the person’s thinking only improves with age.
“The brain is like brandy: the older, the smarter. With age, the speed of thinking processes decreases, but they are compensated if a person is constantly engaged in scientific activities. There are many professions in which we need to memorize a large amount of information every day, the brain thanks to this creates neural connections, it becomes more plastic. Sometimes a 23-25-year-old man who did not show special abilities at school has brain plasticity worse than the same fifty-year-old man.