Study finds those with larger heads - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/13/10

Study finds those with larger heads are more likely to have better memory skills

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Being told you have a big head isn't always a compliment except when it comes to Alzheimer's disease. 

German researchers studied nearly 300 Alzheimer's patients, each undergoing an MRI scan, memory test and they had their head measured. The researchers found patients with the largest head circumference had better memory and thinking skills than those with smaller heads, even if they had the same amount brain deterioration from the disease.

A theory that the researchers have developed is that a larger head could mean you have more brain reserve, which is the brain's ability to withstand change. 

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