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• Certain scents can trigger memories, for example, the smell of roses might bring a family member’s funeral into vivid focus. This is because the olfactory nerve, the one that registers smells, is very close to the amygdala, that part of the brain connected to emotions and their memories, and also to the hippocampus, an area associated with memory. If these areas are damaged, the ability to identify certain scents can be affected. • Want to increase your brain power? Reading aloud promotes brain development, as do music lessons, which boost the brain’s organizational ability. Children who learn two languages by the age of five will develop a denser gray matter. Those who grow up in a stimulating environment can have up to a 25-percent greater ability to learn. • Do all you can to keep your brain healthy! Avoid stress, which has been shown to affect brain structure and function. Studies show that artificial flavorings and preservatives also have a negative effect on IQ. And a seven-year study reported that those who eat seafood at least once a week have a 30-percent lower occurrence of dementia. • The third leading cause of death in America is by stroke. This occurs when blood supply to a part of the brain is disturbed, the result of a blockage, such as a clot, or by a lack of blood flow, such as a burst blood vessel or hemorrhage. The function of the affected area is severely affected, including inability to move limbs, understand speech or see. • An elephant’s brain may be larger than a human brain, but its percentage of total body weight is much smaller. The human brain is about 2 percent of total body weight, but the elephant’s is just 0.15 percent.

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