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Researchers Track the Rise and Fall of Brain Volume Throughout Life

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Stanford scientists have shown how the brain changes throughout life, and created a standard curve that can be used to assess whether patients are maturing and aging normally. This resource could help diagnose or monitor people with mental health conditions, learning delays or other diseases.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full access paywall)

Research: “Lifespan maturation and degeneration of human brain white matter” by Jason D. Yeatman, Brian A. Wandell and Aviv A. Mezer in Nature Communications. doi:10.1038/ncomms5932

Image: Brian Wandell and his group looked at 24 brain regions to see how the composition changed from age 7 to 83. The regions in red changed the most, regions in blue changed the least. Credit Wandell Lab.

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