How Do I Keep My Brain Smart?

Until just a few years ago we doctors believed that the brain stopped making new neural connections ? meaning that your memory began to get irreversibly worse ? when the body stopped developing usually in your early 20s. And we knew that like any other body part neurons weaken as we age. Loss of brain function due to neural breakdown was assumed to be a normal unavoidable part of aging.

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The brain: A roadmap to the mind

Decades of study and up-to-date brain imaging techniques have shed light on the workings of your body’s most mysterious organ. The brain’s complex interactions cannot be charted as precisely as, say, the interstate highway system – but clicking on the buttons below should give you a better idea of the lay of the land inside your head. Here…