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Taking steps to improve your heart health early in life can help prevent brain shrinkage as you age, a new Neurology study reports. Researchers discovered people who had better heart health scores also had a higher average brain volume as a percentage of their total head size in middle age.
Want to know what goes on inside that beautiful brain of yours? The short answer is: A LOT. This highly complex organ is made up of several highly specialized parts. Though each part has a primary function, some parts play several roles, making some functions a product of many parts working together in harmony. Your memory, for instance, is built by the hippocampus, but organized by the amygdala. The connection, communication and cooperation between these parts are what make your brain such an efficient and amazing thinking machine.
Neuroplasticity is the brains way of re-organizing itself, both physically and functionally, by making new brain cell connections or pruning those connections throughout life as a response to one's environment, experience, behavior, thoughts and emotions.
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