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“Significant loss of neurons is a normal part of ageing” and other brain cell myths

01 December 2017

Basic facts about the brain are a key part of many introductory psychology courses, including information about brain cells.

For instance, for years, students (and the public) have been taught that, thanks to the ageing process, the older we get, the more brain cells we lose.

But as outlined in a new review in the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy by Christopher von Bartheld at the University of Nevada, many established facts about brain cells (like the idea we lose lots of them as we get older) have been shown by modern techniques to be misconceptions. Taken mostly from the review, here are four myths about brain cells, plus one unresolved issue.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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