Research looks at brains of over-80s with terrific memories

04/19/2013 | National Public Radio

A researcher at Northwestern University is looking into why a small subset of seniors over 80 years old have memories equivalent to or better than people in their 50s. Brain scans of such individuals so far reveal little of the brain shrinkage associated with age but also an unusual thickness -- thicker than in much younger subjects -- in the anterior cingulate area. Further research is planned to explore the topic.

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