Thursday, 12 April 2018

New brain memory cells develop well into old age

Well into our 70s, we continue to develop new cells in an area of the brain responsible for new memories and exploration of new environments, scientists report.

"These new brain cells sustain our abilities to make new memories, learn, and cope with the environment, and they are important for emotional responses," Dr. Maura Boldrini from Columbia University in New York City told Reuters Health by email. "These neurons might be important in humans for our abilities to transmit complex information to future generations and to sustain our emotionally guided behavior, as well as for integrating complex memories and information."

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