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April 11, 2019 Thursday 11:07:05 AM IST

Higher Educational Attainment Leads to Better Cognitive Abilities in Old Age

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A new research study has shown that people who complete 15 years of formal learning will have better cognitive abilities as they grow old.

The report is based on a study of 122 Spanish Adults and the important observation was related to the thickness of specific areas of medial prefrontal cortex which was higher in people who had completed 15 years of formal education. The other areas that showed more thickness were orbitofrontal cortices, anterior cingulate which helps in decision making and development of working memory.


The study underscores the importance of formal learning which not only enables an individual to earn a livelihood but helps arrest cognitive decline even in old age as formal education helps make the important regions of the brain associated with learning and memory to be thicker.

Source: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/early/2019/04/08/JNEUROSCI.2370-18.2019



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