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Previous research has suggested for each additional year of education, people have an 11 percent lowered risk of developing dementia, but the reason for the association has been unclear. Some theories conclude that the higher socioeconomic status and healthier lifestyles of educated persons is the most likely answer. A team of researchers disagree. Examining the brains of 872 people, the scientists found that more education makes people better able to cope with changes in the brain associated with dementia. The study shows that despite having similar brain pathology, those with more education are better able to compensate for the effects of dementia over those with less. Co-author Dr. Hannah Keage of the University of Cambridge says education in early life is particularly important.