Our pets are sure to wag their tails when they find out that a recent study has highlighted one of their many magical powers! In addition to reducing our stress and our blood pressure, our favorite companions would have a role to play in the state of our cognitive functions, and more specifically in our memory. that New York Post tell us more.
American scientists wanted to solve the mystery
During the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, the Medical Center at the University of Michigan wanted to present the results of one of its studies. This one was interested in the benefits of life with pets and the influence it could have on our memory.
To do this, 1,300 people aged around 65 were tested. 53% of them already had a pet and a third of them had owned one for more than 5 years.
To conduct their experiments, the researchers first asked participants to memorize a list of 10 words and repeat it immediately, then 5 minutes later. Then they had them count backwards from 20 to 0, then from 100 to 0, subtracting 7 from each number, reported Daily mail.
Results that speak volumes
At the end of the experiment, the researchers observed that people who had an animal for more than 5 years had better results than those who did not have an animal. A way for Dr. Tiffany Braleydirector of the investigation, to suggest that “ pet ownership protects us from cognitive decline “.
Are we really surprised? Not really ! As reminded Dr. Rosa Sanchohead of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in the United Kingdom, we humans love our animals, they are a fabulous source of companionship and comfort throughout our lives “.
Does having one add to our lifespan or reduce the risk of dementia? Experts cannot say for sure and are looking for ever more specific causes. Thus, they continue to conduct their experiments before publishing the official results.
However, it is clear that their presence remains beneficial and that we owe them a great deal…