Being a Bookworm Could Save Your Brain!





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Published on Jul 17, 2013

Research published in the medical journal, Neurology, says that people who read and write throughout their lives may The study says that "exercising" ones brain keeps ones cognition and memory strong in old age.

In the study, 294 people given mental tests every year for 6 years until their deaths at an average age of 89. They also answered questions about how often they read books, wrote and participated in other mentally stimulating activities during childhood, adolescence, middle age and at their current age.

After death, their brains were studied for signs of dementia, such as lesions, brain plaques and tangles. The people who reported reading and stimulating their brains were shown to have better brain health and had a slower rate of decline in memory than those who did not read or stimulate their minds throughout life.

This seems like an "obvious" study, but is it? How helpful are "brain exercise" phone apps and games? Kim Horcher and science educator/ neurology specialist Cara Santa Maria discuss.

Read more from Neurology.org: http://neurology.org/content/early/20...

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TAGS: Memory, Brain Exercise, Reading and the Brain, Reading Brain, Learning Brain, Lumosity, Brain Study, Neurology, Reading Neurology, How to Have a Good Memory, How to stop Dementia, Bookworm, Bookworn Brain


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