weekly blog--one for the ages
A new research study concluded that our body seems to shift gears three times during a lifespan: at 34 years, 60 years and 78 years. The same study also put forward a new way of reliably predicting people's ages using the protein levels (the proteome) in their blood, and provided more evidence that men and women age differently.
A new Northwestern University study shows that, in the absence of injury, athletes across a variety of sports – including football, soccer and hockey – have healthier brains than non-athletes. Essentially, playing sports can tune the brain to better understand one’s sensory environment. Athletes have an enhanced ability to tamp down background electrical noise in their brain to better process external sounds, such as a teammate yelling a play or a coach calling to them from the sidelines.
Like athletes, musicians and those who can speak more than one language also have an enhanced ability to hear incoming sound signals. However, musicians’ and multilinguals’ brains do so by turning up the sound in their brain versus turning down the background noise in their brain.