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It's a little surprising, but the human brain cells (already) start dying when we reach the age of 20. But this is a natural aging process that does not have an impact on our intellectual abilities.
‘Just before we enter the forties, our brain activity experiences its peak’.
In fact, experts claim that the number of neurons does not affect the IQ, but it affects the state of the neurons. Neurons are wrapped in a myelin envelope that has the ability of electrical conductivity. Myelin envelope helps accelerate the transmission of nerve stimulation, which is why we can process and react more quickly to information from the environment.
After the age of 40, the myelinic envelope starts to weaken and over the years it is worn out which is why we react and think more slowly.
By the time we enter the forties, our brain activity has reached its peak. Scientists were interested in at what age we are smartest and they designed a simple test to find it out - a finger snapping test.
They gathered a group of subjects aged 23 to 80 and told them to snap their fingers as fast as they can. They compared the number of snapping within 10 seconds and found who was the fastest. The theory is simple – with the respondents who reacted fastest, brain processed impulses faster.
According to the obtained results, the researchers compiled a diagram of brain activity and found that it reaches its peak when we are 39 years old, that is, we are smartest at the age of 39.
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The myelinic envelope begins to weaken around the age of 30, but when we reach the age of 39, our body is able to renew it. After 39, the myelinic envelope is recovering more slowly, that is, it begins to decline, which is why we are starting to process information more slowly and more difficult.