At 50, you start to forget names of things
Most of us have had the embarrassing experience of forgetting a person’s name briefly before remembering it. Research from Belgium, however, suggests that once you hit 50, it takes slightly longer to identify familiar objects than it did in your younger days. In a study of people ages 25 to 90, people in their 50s required about a half a second longer to identify common objects than people in their 20s and 30s.
Even though the answers were slightly delayed, the 50-somethings did name the objects with the same accuracy as the younger study participants. People in their 60s and 70s, however, were both slower to name familiar objects and answered less accurately.
"We don’t yet know why this happens — it may indicate changes in our language abilities only or it may be caused by physical factors that have nothing to do with language," said study researcher Clémence Verhaegen of the University of Liège in Belgium. "More studies are needed to reveal what is really going on."