Saturday, December 19, 2015

10 Things that Change your Brain


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Using the most advanced neuroimaging techniques, science has identified some activities that permanently modify our brain, either by changing its structure, increasing and reducing its size or altering its biochemistry. We have selected ten of them.
Credits: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Sleeping poorly
If you sleep little or badly, your brain shrinks. That’s how drastic is the conclusion reached last year by Charles E. Sexton and colleagues at the University of Oxford (UK) after using magnetic resonance imaging to study the relationship between poor sleep quality and brain volume. The findings, published in Neurology, showed that having trouble sleeping is linked to rapid reductions in brain volume as one ages. This decline affects important areas such as the temporal, parietal and frontal lobes, where language, touch, balance and the ability to calculate mathematically or make decisions reside, among others.
 
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