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Turns out that my last birthday was a big milestone and I didn't even know it: I was exiting my cognitive peak.
A new study shows that our brains reach their "cognitive peak" at age 35. Downhill from there.
What would I have done differently, had I known I was in my peak year last year? Honestly, probably not much, except that I would have also made a lot of jokes about how I was the smartest I would ever be. (So my friends are probably grateful I didn't know!)
Other fun research:
If you want to feel good about yourself and build efficacy, you should do the hardest thing first. Contrary to popular belief, we do worse when we start with something easy and build our way up to the hard thing.
If you can get someone to question their prejudice about one group, it will actually help reduce their prejudice against other groups.
Bad news for me: depression and social anxiety symptoms are associated with use of dating apps in women. (Insert teeth-gritting/brace yourself emoji here.) This is correlation, not causation, but I can certainly tell you that I don't feel like my best self after a round of swiping.
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