Pets can boost your brain power, study says

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01 Mar 2022, 12:22 am

Just saw this from yesterday,

Pets can boost your brain power, study says
It's not just cats and dogs - People in the study also cared for rabbits, hamsters, birds, fish and reptiles.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022 8:49AM

Pets can boost your brain power, National Institute of Health says - ABC7 Los Angeles

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Having a long-term pet companion may delay memory loss and other kinds of cognitive decline, a new study has found. Pet ownership was especially beneficial for working verbal memory, such as memorization of word lists, according to the preliminary research.

"To our knowledge, our study is the first to consider the effect of duration of pet ownership on cognitive health," first author Jennifer Applebaum, a sociology doctoral candidate and National Institute of Health predoctoral fellow at University of Florida, told CNN in an email.

And it's not just cats and dogs that can boost the brain. People in the study also cared for rabbits, hamsters, birds, fish and reptiles, Applebaum said, although "dogs were most prevalent, followed by cats."


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