Trending Now - Over The Hill At 24?

By CNN

Published 04/17 2014 07:17AM

Updated 04/17 2014 07:19AM

Cognitive motor skills are a human's ability to process thoughts then react to them. This new study finds that reaction time might decrease, not at 60, 50 or even 40 -- no, try in your 20's.

The study was put together by three Canadian researchers from Simon Fraser University. They found cognitive motor skills peaked at the age of 24 -- not after retirement.

To figure this out. The researchers gathered data from a group of more than 3,000 players, aged 16 to 44 as they played the fast-moving computer war game "StarCraft 2."

The researchers looked at the gamers' performance data to determine how they interacted with each other and how quickly they responded to different scenarios and the study revealed that players had a decrease or slow-down in a measure of cognitive speed that is known to be important for performance beginning around the age of 24.

But it's not all bad news for those of us over 24. The same study also suggests that as some people's performance slows, they make up for it in other ways. Instead of speed, they became more cunning and crafty, replacing speed with better strategy.

So...it looks like the study just may confirm the adage of...older, but wiser.

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