People who feel young have better memories and consider themselves healthy.
Feeling old before your time may be due to a loss of grey matter making everyday tasks more challenging, according to the researchers from Seoul National University, according to Daily Mail.
How the research was carried out
The researchers analyzed the MRI brain scans of 68 healthy people aged between 59 and 84.
They asked the participants: ‘How old do you feel, compared to your real age?’
Responses were either ‘I’m younger than my real age’, ‘I’m the same as my real age’ or ‘I’m older than my real age’.
The participants were also tested on their memories,their personality traits, any depressive symptoms and their perceived overall health.
Another theory behind why people who feel older have ageing brains is;
They may be less motivated to lead healthy lifestyles, leading to deteriorating cognitive health.
Dr Chey said: ‘If somebody feels older than their age, it could be sign for them to evaluate their lifestyle, habits and activities that could contribute to brain aging and take measures to better care for their brain health.’
The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
Human brains become ‘old’ at just 25
This comes after research released last February suggests the human brain becomes ‘old’ at just 25.
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is found in the brain and spinal cord, changes its speed of movement in people older than their mid-20s, a study by Lancaster University found.
Previous research suggests the volume and weight of the brain begins to decline by around five per cent per decade when a person reaches 40 years old.