Actually, no. A recent large-scale longitudinal study showed that all people’s brains shrink eventually, and the rate of this shrinkage didn’t depend on how many years you spent in school, college or university.

To come to this conclusion, the study tracked brain aging by measuring the volume of the 2 brain regions, the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus, that shrink over time as a part of the natural aging. The measurement was done using MRI scans of over 2.000 participants aged 29-91 years old during a 11-year period of time.

After the measurement, the researchers compared the rate of the shrinkage of these areas in people with higher education before the age of 30 and those without. They confirmed the common believe that those with high education had slightly larger cortical volume in a few regions. However, the researchers found that during aging the rate of brain change was similar in participants with and without high education.

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