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Here’s food for thought: The average adult human brain has about 100 billion cells.
Scientists used to think that past childhood, the brain stopped developing. Once all of its connections formed, they were set for life, and then, all these cells would simply begin their inexorable decline.
Why do we eat what we do?
Imagine you’re craving something comforting yet undoubtedly naughty. Why do you go for the chocolate, not the broccoli? Why the ice cream instead of the salad?
It turns out that this particular preference for sugar is an old one, biologically ingrained for our survival.
It was once believed that the brain had a finite capacity for change or healing and that a damaged brain was beyond reasonable hope. The theory was that the brain could compensate by making new connections among its surviving neurons, but its capacity for repairing itself was limited.
Yet as far back as five decades, that belief was challenged.