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There's a lot you don't know about that thing in your head.

You've had your brain inside your head for your entire life, so you might think that by now, you have a pretty good idea of how it works and what it can and can'tdo. But guess again. As the new season of Brain Games will convince you, there's a lot that you don't know about the miraculous biological machine between your ears and how both its abilities and flaws influence your everyday life. In this article, we'll give you a peek at some of the mind-boggling stuff that you'll be learning about your brain.

But first, since your brain didn't come with an owner's manual, here is some basic background about your mental equipment's specifications.

Your Brain: A Quick Guide

The brain is your body's most complex organand it has to be, because it controls all of your actions and generates all of your thoughts and consciousness. Different parts of your brain engage in various tasks, ranging from processing visual information to responding to danger.

The biggest part of your brain is the cerebral cortex, which is the top outer layer. It's the part of the brain where your thoughts take place, where you understand speech and come up with things to say. It's also where you process information from your eyes, ears and other sensory organs.

Other important parts of your brain include:

The brain's various parts are filled with close to 100 billion neurons, which are cells that have something that the other cells of the body don't. They include complex structures called dendrites and axons, which form a communications system that transmits electrical and chemical messages in and out of the cell. That transmitting system allows neurons to communicate with a lot of other neurons at super-high speed. The connections between neurons are called synapses, and the typical neuron probably has tens of thousands of them. All those connections enable your neurons to work with other nearby neurons, but also to form pathways with distant neurons to carry brain signals. Those complex interconnections help you to do the enormous array of complex activities that are part of your everyday existence.

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Scientific evidence does not support the brain game claims, Stanford scholars say

By Clifton B. Parker

Scholars say there's little scientific evidence that computer-based brain games do more than improve performance playing them.

The Stanford Center for Longevity joined today with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in issuing a statement skeptical about the effectiveness of so-called "brain game" products. Signing the document were 69 scholars, including six from Stanford and cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists from around the world.

Laura Carstensen, a Stanford psychology professor and the director of the Center for Longevity, said as baby boomers enter their golden years, commercial companies are all too often promising quick fixes for cognition problems through products that are unlikely to produce broad improvements in everyday functioning.

"It is customary for advertising to highlight the benefits and overstate potential advantages of their products," she said. "But in the case of brain games, companies also assert that the products are based on solid scientific evidence developed by cognitive scientists and neuroscientists. So we felt compelled to issue a statement directly to the public."

One problem is that while brain games may target very specific cognitive abilities, there is very little evidence that improvements transfer to more complex skills that really matter, like thinking, problem solving and planning, according to the scholars.

While it is true that the human mind is malleable throughout a lifetime, improvement on a single task like playing computer-based brain games does not imply a general, all-around and deeper improvement in cognition beyond performing better on just a particular game.

"Often, the cited research is only tangentially related to the scientific claims of the company, and to the games they sell," said Carstensen, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Professor in Public Policy.

Agreeing with this view were the experts who signed the Stanford-Planck consensus statement, which reads in part:

"We object to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline when there is no compelling scientific evidence to date that they do. The promise of a magic bullet detracts from the best evidence to date, which is that cognitive health in old age reflects the long-term effects of healthy, engaged lifestyles."

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