Don't worry, 25-year-olds -- there's a silver lining.
By Tim Colwill on April 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm
A new study by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, has analysed 3,305 StarCraft 2 players in a bid to track how brain processes and cognitive performance work over time.
The study, which included gamers as young as 16 all the way up to 44, show a measurable drop in cognitive performance at age 24, a decline that continues over time, even at higher skill levels (using StarCraft 2‘s ranking system).
Having recently turned 29 myself, I am suddenly gripped with terror — but fear not! Older players, according to the study, continue to perform at high levels of skill even despite the loss in “cognitive motor speed”.
“Older players, though slower, seem to compensate by employing simpler strategies and using the game’s interface more efficiently than younger players, enabling them to retain their skill,” says SFU’s Joe Thompson, the author of the study.
Interesting stuff. Read the paper for yourself here.
Source: Thanks, Andrew