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They're called "senior moments" by many — you lose your keys, forget the name of someone you've met before, walk into a room and you don't remember why.
The thinking goes, "senior moments" happen more frequently as we age, and our cognitive thinking, overall, declines.
Not necessarily so, says new research out of MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital.
In fact, though some skills — like pairing numbers and symbols — peak in the late teens, other skills — like reading people's emotions — peak in midlife and stick around for decades.
- "Understanding how and when cognitive change occurs over the life span is a prerequisite for understanding normal and abnormal development and aging."
- "The ability to recall names and faces with lightning speed may start to fade in one’s 20s, but our capability to perform other functions, such as learning new words, doesn’t peak until decades later, according to a new study by Boston scientists."
- "The quick-thinking skills required in video games may be more helpful than crossword puzzles in slowing or even reversing declines in brain function that come with aging."
This segment aired on March 9, 2015.