While we tend to think of our cognitive abilities and mental well-being as being at its peak when we are young adults, new research reveals that while cognition declines as we get older, mental wellbeing actually improves as we age.
The new study shows that in our 20s, it can be a stressful time, which can take a toll on our mental wellbeing. As reported at thehill.com, the study was conducted by researchers as the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and involved surveying participants on symptoms of anxiety, depression, loneliness and overall mental well-being. The participants also took part in a series of tasks to test their cognition while an electroencephalography (EEG) measured their brain activity.
The results found that older adults perform less well on the cognition tests, they experienced greater levels of well-being compared to the young adults. For more details about what this study, which was published in the journal Psychology and Aging, discovered about brain activity and mental well-being of older adults in this research, check out thehill.com here.