FACT- Older means wiser
Brains of over-55s work more efficiently as experience of age beats speed of youth
A study carried out by the Institute of Geriatrics at the University of Montreal has proved when the young partakers made a mistake and had to plan and execute a new strategy to get the right answer, various parts of their brains were recruited even before the next task began.
‘However, when the older participants learned that they had made a mistake, these regions were only recruited at the beginning of the next trial, indicating that with age, we decide to make adjustments only when absolutely necessary.’
The study shows that the more mature experience brain knows that nothing is gained by jumping the gun.
They now have neurobiological evidence showing that with age comes wisdom and that as the brain gets older, it learns to better allocate its resources.
Dr Monchi compared the results to the old tale of the tortoise and the hare, saying: Being able to run fast does not always win the race – you have to know how to best use your abilities.
‘This adage is a defining characteristic of ageing. It is as though the older brain is more impervious to criticism and more confident than the young brain.’
Overall, the older group, who were aged between 55 and 75, took longer to complete the game but did roughly as well as those aged 18 to 35
Surely this is the evidence that parents have longed to arm themselves with in disputes with their children – getting older really does make you wiser.
The over-55s use their brains more efficiently than their younger counterparts, as they are much more likely to shrug off mistakes, say scientists.
And while they may take more time to come to a decision, they are simply conserving their energy.