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February 25, 2016 "How the Brain Grows Up"
Martin P. Paulus, M.D.
Neuroscience has made tremendous progress in understanding how the brain works to process emotion and make decisions. Up until recently it was thought that the brain, once developed, does not change significantly, however, new research is providing a radically different picture. In this first lecture supported by the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) and the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development group at LIBR, Dr. Paulus will present an overview of how the brain develops and changes in the first two decades of life. The key themes that will be addressed are: (a) how the brain forms new neural connections throughout life, (b) links between gut and brain development, (c) how neurons work together to increase the brain’s efficiency, (d) the relationship between brain development and kids’ emotions and reasoning abilities. The information will be presented for a non-scientist audience and should be of interest for parents, teachers, and those interested in the brain.