It has long been thought that as far as our brains are concerned, everything starts to go downhill once you reach adulthood.

All those long foggy student nights drinking all the wine finally catch up with us and the slow process of pruning those neurons begins.

Well it turns out that this isn t strictly true as one part of our brain actually continues to grow, even well into adulthood

It is the part of our brain that s responsible for facial recognition, thus essentially helping us prevent one of life s most agonising social faux pas.

Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine used quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to compare brain tissue between 22 children and 25 adults.

What they found was that in adults the region of the brain that helps recognise faces had increased, while the part of the brain that recognises places had remained the same.

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