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How does the brain age across the lifespan? New studies offer clues

By Caitlin Gilbert

28 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Our brains are built to change over our lifetimes in order to meet the challenges posed by each stage of life, reports The Post in this fascinating explainer.

Do brains peak in childhood? Is it all downhill after 30? Can a 65-year-old brain keep up with an adolescent?

While growth charts tracking metrics like height and weight give a relatively clear picture of the range of human physical development, less has been known about the key milestones of normal brain aging.

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