Shocking impact those neckties are having on your brain

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Germany: Ties are an integral part of the formal-wear for men. The corporate professional cannot imagine leaving for office without their tie. A new study warns that the accessory could be hampering their work performance by compressing veins that are key for blood flow to the brain. A small study on 30 young men in Germany found a statistically significant drop in brain functioning among men who wore neckties during an MRI scan, with blood flow down by 7.5 per cent.

  • German researchers scanned the brains of 30 young men, 15 of whom wore ties
  • Researchers had found evidence that a necktie increases pressure in a wearer’s eyes. 
  • They saw an instant 7.5% drop in blood flow to the brain after men put on ties
  • The research team saw an immediate drop in cerebral blood flow. 
  • The study suggests the athleisure-wear of Silicon Valley could produce better work 

Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs did away with ties

The decrease would not trigger obvious symptoms, experts warn it will be enough to impact cognitive functioning.  The findings are something of an endorsement for the increasingly popular tech-bro uniform championed by Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs, doing away with ties in favour of stretchy attire.


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