Sometimes called the founder of modern neuroscience, Santiago Ramón y Cajal stated, in 1928, that "in adult centres the nerve paths are something fixed, ended, immutable. Everything may die, nothing may be regenerated. It is for the science of the future to change, if possible, this harsh decree.”
For decades, the idea that the human brain can't generate new cells after having reached adulthood was gospel. Once you hit 25, your brain starts the long process of neural decline. But in 1980, a scientist named Ian Robertson gave the idea a second look.
Working with stroke victims, he saw firsthand the therapies that helped them recover. Occupational and physical therapy were being administered to patients who had lost brain function. So, he asked the obvious question: If we know a brain cell destroyed is dead forever, why do these therapies make a difference? Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind,Body,Green.
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