Managers have bigger brains

Managing other people at work triggers structural changes in the brain, protecting its memory and learning centre well into old age.

UNSW researchers have, for the first time, identified a clear link between managerial experience throughout a person’s working life and the integrity and larger size of an individual’s hippocampus – the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory – at the age of 80.

The findings, presented at the Brain Sciences UNSW symposium today, refine our understanding of how staying mentally active promotes brain health, potentially warding off neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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