July 26, 2014
Mental capacity and IQ deteriorate much faster for people with less
education than others, study reveals. The findings provide new
insight into the development of dementia.
(...) The brain scans showed that the least educated participants
were not as good at making the change from default mode to
problem-solving activity. And that’s a sign of advanced ageing, says
“In young people the brain quickly and efficiently switches from the
default mode to problem-solving activity. But in elderly people, and
especially those who are demented or suffer from Alzheimer’s, this
change is slow and inefficient,” says Rostrup.
So the results suggest that an education or a job that challenges
the brain on an everyday basis will give you extra mileage when it
comes to avoiding dementia and working against the general ageing of
the brain. (...)
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