Scientists discover that Having FRIENDS makes your Brain Healthier!

We've heard that a healthy diet and regular exercise are good for the brain, but now a new study published today in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience suggests that maintaining a strong social network could also be the key to preserving memory. In other words, have friends makes your brain stronger.

Elizabeth Kirby, PhD, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and lead author of the study, says the discovery bolsters a body of research that supports the role of social connections in preserving the mind and improving quality of life. Her next step is to find out how socialization affects the brain on a molecular level so researchers can mimic or support those changes to better protect brain function as people get older.

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