Face recognition brain tissues continue to grow into adulthood, study finds

The lumps of human brain tissue that help us tell one face from another grow all the way into adulthood, according to scientists who made the surprise discovery.

Until now it was thought that brain tissue growth halted in early life, with the organ adapting in later life by tweaking the connections between its neurons.

MRI scans of children and adults found that parts of the brain involved in face recognition expanded from childhood to adolescence, unlike other brain regions which had already fully formed.


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5th January 2017