Is Apathy A Sign Of A Shrinking Brain?
A recent study links apathetic feelings to a smaller brain. Researchers say the results indicate a need for apathy screening for at-risk seniors.By Amy Kluber | April 17, 2014
It might be common for those in their golden years to develop some kind of apathetic feelings, but a new study suggests those feelings could be a sign of a shrinking brain.
According to the study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, researchers in the Netherlands looked at the brains of more than 4,300 seniors. Those with at least two symptoms of apathy — such as a lack of interest or enthusiasm — had significantly less brain volume than those with fewer symptoms.
The researchers measured two parts of the brain — gray matter where memories are stored and white matter, which controls the brain's communication system. They found the brains of apathetic individuals actually contained both less gray and white matter. (Via National Geographic)