DailyDirt: Growing Brains
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There's little point waxing philosophical about the human brain — it's a near-miraculous mystery, and we all know it. Every study, at best, makes mere baby steps towards a fuller understanding of what's going on inside our skulls — and these three, focusing on how the brain develops and changes over time, are no different... and no less fascinating:
- We don't form conscious memories as babies — but it seems we do form subconscious memories of faces. The study showed that kids at three-and-a-half years responded differently to the faces of people they'd met, even briefly, years prior. [url]
- As young children we form clear, complex memories only to lose them a few years later — but why? Researchers can track the phenomenon of "childhood amnesia" as it happens from age three to about nine, but are still unsure of the exact cause. [url]
- Our brains remain sharp and youthful until around age 24, when age-related decline begins. The study focused on cognitive motor performance, tested by pitting thousands of Starcraft 2 players against each other in comparative matches based on age and skill. [url]
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