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College-Educated Brains Recover Better From Injury, Study Suggests

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April 23, 2014 AT 12:01 PM
A college education may do a lot more than provide better job opportunities, it may also make brains more resilient to trauma, a new study suggests. The more years of education people have, the more likely they will recover from a traumatic brain injury, according to the study published Wednesday in Neurology. In fact, one year after a traumatic brain injury, people with a college education were nearly four times as likely as those who hadn’t finished high school to return to work or school with no disability. Scientists have theorized that education leads to greater “cognitive reserve,” which allows people to overcome or compensate for brain damage.