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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A prototype mobile unit that could potentially be used to diagnosis traumatic brain injuries in the field, created by Brainscope, is seen at a press conference announcing Brainscope as one of the 16 winners of the first round of the $20M Head Health Challenge, a research grant created by the National Football League (NFL) and General Electric to better study and treat traumatic brain injuries, on January 23, 2014 in New York City. Brainscope and the 15 other winners will all receive $300,000, with a possible $500,000 more available for six winners of the second round of the challenge, which will be announced in 2015. Brainscope will be conducting a study of collegiate athletes. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Study: People who Think a lot Die Sooner than People Who Don’t Good news for all the mental midgets of the world: A new study reveals thinking too much can lead to a shorter life span.

]The Harvard Medical School Study, which appears in the journal “Nature,” found people who are deep thinkers have higher levels of protein in their brains.

Brain tissue taken from people who died in their 60s and 70s contained high levels of the protein, suggesting they did a lot of thinking in their lifetimes. However, tissue from people who lived to be over 100 had very low levels of the protein, suggesting they were no Einsteins.

If you’re the smartest person in the room but don’t want to be the first to leave, the authors of the study suggest meditation to give your brain a rest. Do most people consider themselves smart?

How long do you expect to live — and what brings you to that conclusion?