Education retards loss of mental ability

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, a study suggests “that higher education may protect older people from faltering mental powers by building up alternate neural networks absent in less-educated people.” The controls in this study are inadequate but the researchers “correlated brain activity to each volunteer’s age and education level,” and found that “better-schooled volunteers were able to work around the memory problems common among the aged by drawing on mental reserves.”

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David Benfell holds a Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University. He earned a M.A. in Speech Communication from CSU East Bay in 2009 and has studied at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is an anarchist, a vegetarian ecofeminist, a naturist, and a Taoist.

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