Have You Reached Your Mental Skills Peak?

It is usually assumed that we reach our mental skills peak in our younger years, mainly around early adulthood, but this isn’t always the case.

According to researchers, there are different times when different aspects of your mental skills peak, considering the brain is constantly changing and evolving as we age. Surprisingly, some of these times are in older years.

While some mental skills peak as young as 18 years old, others don’t peak until one reaches their 60s or 70s. According to info gather on the website Verywell Mind, Crystallized intelligence, “accumulated knowledge and facts about the world,” peaks between your 60s and 70s.

“The brain isn’t static, which means that you are always learning, growing, and changing. Certain mental abilities do seem to reach their fullest point in certain periods of life,” according to Verywell Mind.


  • 18-19: Information-processing speed peaks early, then immediately begins to decline.
  • 25: Short-term memory gets better until around age 25. It remains fairly steady until it begins to decline around age 35.
  • 30: Memory for faces peaks and then starts to gradually decline.
  • 35: Your short-term memory begins to weaken and decline.
  • 40s-50s: Emotional understanding peaks in middle to later adulthood.
  • 60s: Vocabulary abilities continue to increase.
  • 60s and 70s: Crystallized intelligence, or accumulated knowledge and facts about the world, peaks late in life.

Source: / National Institute of Health

How sharp do you think your mental skills are? Are you excited to peak in new mental areas later in life? Hit me up and let me know.


By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Columbia College Chicago

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