Jul 7th 2018
We have all heard the saying "You're as young as you feel!" Well, new research may indicate that saying is accurate. A recent study looked at the age people say they feel compared to their biological age. Using advanced MRI imaging, the researchers looked at the brains of study participants.
As we age, changes occur throughout our bodies. There are age-specific changes to the brain, such as brain matter volume decrease and performance declines.
Researchers noted that study participants who felt younger and had more positive attitudes scored better on memory tests and cognitive performance. These positive results matched up with MRI brain scans showing higher levels of brain matter volume.
The study found that the brains of people who say they feel younger have structural characteristics of a younger brain.