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Nutrition for better brain development?

Nutrition for better brain development?

DHA & EPA: If you mean better brain development in a baby, you need plenty of dha (an essential fatty acid that's a component of fish oil, along with epa). It's also needed for healthy brain maintenance in adults. Your body can make dha from flax and blue-green algae, but not very efficiently. Calamarine supplements (from tiny squid) are another option. Epa is important also, especially vs. Inflammation. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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I started drinking somewhat heavily when I was 15. I have quitted it now. I feel like brain development was stunted. Am I stuck like this forever?

I started drinking somewhat heavily when I was 15. I have quitted it now. I feel like brain development was stunted. Am I stuck like this forever?

Not stuck!: The brain can heal from heavy alcohol use. The post-acute withdrawal period can last up to 18 months and it can take that long to feel as if you are thinking normally again. Good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of music is good for baby's brain development?

What kind  of music is good for baby's brain development?

Classical: Classical music has a more complex musical structure. Babies as young as 3 mos. Can pick out that structure & recognize classical music selections they have heard before. Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. Listening to classical music may have different effects on the brain than listening to other types of music. ...Read more

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Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?

Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?

see below: Most studies indicate by age 25 or 26, in males, the final frontal lobe development is in place, especially orbital frontal areas. Does occur a few years earlier in females. ...Read more

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Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

A + for learning: If the social interactions are positive and reciprocal ( give-and-take) and the other social partner knows how to recognize what the child has mastered and what he's ready to master, the child is encouraged to learn. Building on experiences enriches a child's learning, so being exposed to new, positive experiences is a plus. ...Read more

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I heard classical music is good for baby's brain development; how will i know if this actually works.How can I make her attentive to the music playing?

I heard classical music is good for baby's brain development; how will i know if this actually works.How can I make her attentive to the music playing?

Don't try: Your purpose is providing developmentally appropriate stimulation for your child is not to make the child do something, but to provide a playful situation in which the child has the opportunity for learning and experiencing novel or pleasing activities. ...Read more

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I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?

I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?

The definition of : "moderate" alcohol consumption is very variable & its effects depend on genetic influences, gender, age at initiation, & pattern of drinking. A "binge", 4 drinks for a female, 5 for a male, is most harmful, as increased degree &/or frequency of hangovers &/or withdrawal predict worse scores on tests of visuospatial processing, sustained attention, learning & memory, working memory, & planning. ...Read more

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Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Yes: Research shows that alcohol in any amount is toxic to the developing brain of a child or adolescent. ...Read more

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If I had used alcohol during important brain development stages and maybe stunted brain growth, is catch up possible by quitting drinking completely?

If I had used alcohol during important brain development stages and maybe stunted brain growth, is catch up possible by quitting drinking completely?

Yes: Sounds like a plan ! Check your B12 level. (I see you are on it) Make sure its above 350 with your current therapy. Talk to your doctor about depression. Is it worse in the winter ? ...Read more

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Why is it better to learn instruments at a younger age? Does it have something to do with brain development?

Why is it better to learn instruments at a younger age? Does it have something to do with brain development?

Early learning: At a younger age the brain is more actively creating new connections and associations than in older life. For older persons, what occurs is modifications of already established wiring of the brain. ...Read more