Understanding Brain Development

Scientists have analyzed more than 120,000 brain scans to learn more about how the brain develops and changes throughout the lifespan.

via NPR

The ongoing study could eventually lead to brain growth charts that would allow doctors to look for signs of atypical development in young patients. But for now, the results are meant for scientists who study typical brain growth or brain disorders like schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

One goal is to “use this huge amount of existing data to help understand and treat psychiatric diseases,” says one of the study’s authors Dr. Aaron Alexander-Bloch, a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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