Monday, August 27, 2012

Aspen Brain Forum # 4: Adult Neurogenesis

Professor Gage, the leading expert on adult neurogenesis, was thrilled to hear that we begin our live events and graduate programs with research showing that adult brains can create new cells. We shared that as educators learn that their own brains have tremendous potential both to create new connections and produce new cells across their lifespan, they are inspired to enhance their own learning. As some of our teachers have said, "It is no longer true that you can't teach an old dog new tricks!" Marcus also explained to Fred Gage that after he had shared this research and some learning strategies with his own mother, that she began taking art classes in her 70s and through hard work with an excellent teacher has had her work featured in an international art publication. Fred Gage then said "Give my congratulations to your mother!"

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