Does the brain stop growing after the age of 18 months?

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Does our brain stop growing, 18 months after birth? Neurone division creates some difficulty in learning due to connection changes in divisions. But the neurone numbers are needed.

In the case of an adult what effect do you think this hormone would have, positive or negative? Perhaps it could be used to treat neuronal damage. That's then brain or spinal injury.
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Re: Does the brain stop growing after the age of 18 months?
« Reply #1 on: 19/06/2008 21:52:05 »
Hi Titanscape

I disagree with your premise that the brain stops growing 18 months after we are born. I contend that, in one respect, the brain continues to grow until the day we die. This is because, in recent years, scientists have realised that the brain contains a population of active stem cells which are continuously giving birth to new neurones throughout life.

From another angle, if we look at emotional development, there's evidence that the brain continues to develop into the third decade of life.

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Does the brain stop growing after the age of 18 months?
« Reply #2 on: 20/06/2008 13:43:38 »
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I agree with you as we never stop learning until the day that we did so that our brain cells do grow.
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