Your visual cortex keeps maturing and may get better as you age

Kathy Murphy, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and her team have found that the part of the brain responsible for processing visual signals continues to develop until you are in your late 30s or early 40s. Previously the visual cortex was thought to mature and stabilize within the first few years of life. These findings may have implications for treatments conditions such as amblyopia or “lazy eye”, where it was thought only children could benefit from interventions.

The study used post-mortem brain-tissue samples from 30 people ranging in age from 20 days to 80 years. The research appears in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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