For years we’ve all heard people say, “I’m a morning person“. Intuitively we all know what this means. But new scientific evidence reveals that the differences in our “early morning”-cognitive ability and our “evening”-cognitive ability may become more pronounced as we age.
The study, conducted by Baycrest Health Sciences and University of Toronto revealed the clearest evidence yet that the older we get, in essence the more we become morning people. Throughout the day there are clear differences in cognitive ability among the elderly — with peak cognitive performance demonstrated in the early morning.
John Anderson, the study’s primary author and PhD candidate, sums it up succinctly:
“Time of day really does matter when testing older adults. This age group is more focused and better able to ignore distraction in the morning than in the afternoon. Their improved cognitive performance in the morning correlated with greater activation of the brain’s attentional control regions — the rostral prefrontal and superior parietal cortex — similar to that of younger adults.”
So whether or not we’re morning people at the age of 18, the chances are extremely high that as we get older we are all increasingly “morning people”.