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It turns out there may be some truth behind it, new research suggests people who feel younger than they are have fewer signs of ageing in their brain compared the those who feel older. People who feel younger than they are have fewer signs of ageing in the brain. Cognitive impairment as we age is unavoidable – our grey matter, responsible for most of the brains neurons, decreases, our memory becomes clouded and we might not be as quick thinking as we once were. But is subjective age just a feeling or attitude? Dr Jeanyung Chey of Seoul National University in Korea sought to find the answer. “Why do some people feel younger or older than their real age? Tests showed that those who feel younger than their age were better at memory tests “Some possibilities include depressive states, personality differences or physical health,” she said. “However, no-one had investigated brain ageing processes as a possible reason for differences in subjective age.” Chey and her colleagues looked at the different brain features associated with ageing to determine if there was a link between how old someone was and how old they felt. They looked at MRI scans of 68 healthy people aged between 59 and 84 to monitor how much grey matter they had. Feeling younger than you are also helps ward off symptoms of depression. Participants were also asked to complete a survey, which included questions about how old they felt and perceptions of their overall health. The team found people who felt younger than their age were more likely to score higher in a memory test, considered their health to be better and were less likely to suffer symptoms of depression. Crucially, those who felt younger had more grey matter in their brain, meaning their cognitive function was better. “We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” said Chey. (By Andrea Downey, Digital Health Reporter from TheSun.co.uk)