Tuesday, March 29, 2011

At 27, Your Brain Starts Getting Old

The human brain
Credit to: The Digital Anatomist
Old age starts at 27, at least when you look at the human brain. Scientists have found out that the power and strength of the brain is best at 22. In your late 20s certain functions of the brain start getting weaker.

In order to test the powers of the brain people who took part in the studies had to solve puzzles, remember spoken words and retell a story.

In 9 out of 12 tests people got their best results at the age of 22. Memory stays good until 37 , long-term knowledge and general information increases until the age of 60.

The study shows that the ageing of the brain starts much earlier than we think. If we understand what goes on in the brain at an early age, we may find out what goes wrong in diseases like Alzheimer’s.


Source: English-Online

Vocabulary Words: Read the vocabulary words and the example sentences. Make your own sentence using the vocabulary word/s afterwards.


1. disease (n.): illness
  • Example: Cancer is a very serious disease.
2. increase (v.): to go up
  • Example: My salary will increase next month.
3. long-term knowledge (n.): information that you remember for a longer time
  • Example: Native language is a type of a long-term knowledge.
4. strength (n.): power
  • Example: United States' strength is incomparable.
5. study (n.): work you do to find out about a problem
  • Example: The study about cancer cure is improving.

Comprehension Questions: Read and answer the questions.

1. What happens to the brain when a person reaches the age of 27?
2. How did the scientists prove that the brain works best at the age of 22?
3. How did the scientists test the power of the brain?

Agree or Disagree: Explain your answer.

1.  I have an excellent memory.
2. Older people can learn new things just as well as younger people.
3. Younger people have much better memories than older people.
4. To be intelligent is better that to be handsome or beautiful.


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