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Aging and Reorganization of the Brain
This paper discusses aging and reorganization of the human brain throughout life.
# 110636 | 1,826 words | 9 sources | APA | 2008 | GB
Published on Dec 28, 2008 in Aging (Gerontology) , Medical and Health (General) , Biology (General) , Psychology (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that while the mind remains the most important aspect of being human, the brain is physical and has physical characteristics that can be measured. This paper presents an overview of the human brain and cognitive measures that assess the state of the mind during the life of an individual, from prenatal formation through the end of life in either a normal manner or down the more unfortunate path of dementia. Specific attention is focused on adolescence and particularly the onset of puberty as well as effects on the adult brain from damage occurring during adolescence; a discussion of the occurrence of neurogenesis in the adult brain; the brain aging processes; newly emerging ideas of how the brain does its work and how these ideas may affect research and treatment of dementia related brain degradation.


From the Paper:

"Raz also found no relationship between education and the onset of these various physical changes. It is interesting to consider the actions of neurogenesis in relation to both depression and aging, in light of the Schmitt and Raz studies. The long held belief of non-neurogenesis in adulthood may not only be wrong, but cessation of neurogenesis may actually be a trigger to move toward the final stage of life.
"While physical changes can be measured, providing opportunities for relatively rigorous statistical analyses, measuring changes in behavior as humans and human brains age, is a much more difficult task. A primary question - What is normal behavior? - must be assessed before any measurements can be made."

Sample of Sources Used:

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