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Film Shows Pattern of Brain Maturation

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Film Shows Pattern of Brain Maturation

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Film Shows Pattern of Brain Maturation

Film Shows Pattern of Brain Maturation

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Neuroscientists at UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging took brain scans of healthy children and teens over a 10-year period and created 3D color videos showing how the human brain grows up. LONI/UCLA hide caption

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The brain's center of reasoning and problem-solving is among the last to mature, according to a new study. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging and time-lapse technology to study brain development, compressing 15 years of human brain maturation into seconds. Scientists say the sequence of maturation also roughly parallels the evolution of the mammalian brain. NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports.