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19 July 2010

Brain Grows Quickest in Areas Where Apes, Humans Vary: Study

Research focuses on cerebral cortex, seat of higher mental functions

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The study found that the cerebral cortex -- the wrinkled area on the surface of the brain that is responsible for higher mental functions such as language and reasoning -- grows in an uneven way. While every region expands as the brain matures, one-quarter to one-third of the cerebral cortex expands about twice as much as other cortical areas during normal development.

 
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