‘It’s three weeks since you were conceived, and your brain has just started to form. A quarter of a million neurons are growing in your head with every passing minute.’ So begins the narrative of a new exhibition at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History in partnership with Oxford Neuroscience, opening on 10 March 2017. ‘Brain Diaries’ charts the astonishing development of the human brain, from conception through childhood and adulthood to old age. Along the way, visitors will learn how modern neuroscience is overturning some popular misconceptions about the brain. Did you know, for example, that your brain isn’t fully developed until your mid twenties? Or that even in old age, neurons are still building new connections and networks, maintaining your ability to adapt and learn?
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