Good news for ageing brains

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…

459876401We all worry that we’re losing it as we get older, but there’s one part of the human brain that doesn’t seem to change, however old we get. A study comparing the ‘spatial attention’ skills of younger (18-38 years) and older (55-95) people found that this part of the brain – notably used for tasks like driving – was the same in both age groups. In one task the participants were asked to feel wooden objects while blindfolded and decide where the middle of the object was. Every age group thought the centre was slightly to the left of its true position – there was no improvement or deterioration linked to age.


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