Scientists have learned that humans continue to make new brain cells even as adults!
It was previously thought that the number of brain cells, called neurons, did not change throughout adulthood.
Researchers from Columbia University looked at the brains of recently deceased individuals of various ages. In each brain, the researchers looked for brain cells in various stages of development. They looked at a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is involved in memory, emotional control, and resiliency.
The researchers found new neurons in the hippocampus, even in elderly patients.
It is thought that this new information may help in finding treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease or psychiatric problems.