There is no doubt that your cognitive ability is something that will greatly influence what you do in life. As you get older, though, maintaining a high level of cognitive function becomes ever more important, as it has been previously linked to longevity. But regardless of your current life stage, this article is all about how well your brain can learn, focus, remember, and solve problems.
As the saying goes, the apple may not fall as far from the tree as we might think, when it comes to our cognitive abilities. In a genome-wide association study using data from over 300,000 people, investigators found close to 150 statistically significant gene loci (58 of which were newly found) that may influence an individual's cognitive ability. Many of these gene loci were related to neural and cell development. Among the newly found gene loci, several were located on genes that have been previously linked to traits such as intellectual disability and Alzheimer's Disease. To get the full details, check out the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29844566
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