When learning a second language is easiest
We’re at peak ability to learn a foreign language around age 7 or 8, according to an infographic from Business Insider that details our various peak times based on scientific studies and surveys. Xavier Amador, PhD, an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, was skeptical of the infographic’s claims at first, but he supports this point. “There is in fact quite a lot of reliable scientific research that has been replicated indicating things like acquiring the second language is far easier before the age of 8,” he told Reader’s Digest. It’s widely accepted that trying to learn a second language is easier before puberty than after, according to the National Institutes of Health.
When brain processing power is at its height
For a study published in 2016, cognitive scientists analyzed brain processing power using a digital symbol coding test. Participants in the test had to match a set of numbers to their corresponding symbols. On average, 18 year olds were the most successful at acing the matching. These weird brain exercises can help you get smarter at any age.