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Education Linked With Improved Recovery from Brain Injury

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education-linked-with-improved-recovery-from-brain-injuryAfter a traumatic brain injury, a new study says education helps improve the recovery process.

A recent study found that those with some college education or a college degree were more likely to go back to school or work disability-free after a traumatic brain injury compared to those who did not finish high school. The study was conducted at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the results were quite intriguing.

How Education Helps Improve Recovery 

It may have something to do with "cognitive reserve," which researchers say is the idea that "individuals have inherent differences in their vulnerability to the effects of aging or brain legions, and perhaps also in their capacity to adapt or compensate for such processes.” 

The study included 769 people age 23 and older who had experienced a traumatic brain injury, and who were followed for a year or more after their injury. 24 percent of those did not finish high school, 51 percent had 12 to 15 years of education or had finished high school or some post-secondary education, and 25 percent had at least an undergraduate college degree or 16 or more years of education. 

Just 10 percent of those who did not have a high school diploma were able to go back to school or work and 39 percent of those with an education successfully went back to school or work. What do you think of this study’s findings? Researchers did mention that the cognitive reserve contributes to the findings but more research will need to be done.  

 

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