Managers smarter than staff – brain size proves it

ARE practice managers smarter than their staff?

It appears the answer is yes and there is medical evidence to back it up.

Researchers from the University of NSW have discovered office managers – including practice managers, principals and partners – benefit from managing other people, with the activity triggering structural changes in the brain, protecting its memory and learning centre well into old age.

The findings reveal a link between managerial experience and the integrity and larger size of an individual's hippocampus – the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory – at the age of 80.

Dr Michael Valenzuela, leader of Regenerative Neuroscience in University of New South Wales’s School of Psychiatry, says the results refine our understanding of how staying mentally active promotes brain health, potentially warding off diseases such as Alzheimer's.

"We found a clear