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Why Are You and Your Brain Unique?

Science  05 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6103, pp. 35-36
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6103.35

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The differences in our individual talents and tendencies, and their origins, are an endlessly fascinating conversation topic. They're becoming a hot issue for scientists, too. Now that the nature vs. nurture debate has been declared a draw, researchers have turned their attention to how genetics and life experiences interact to make each person's brain unique. Recent work has provided clues about the neural basis of individual differences in behavior, cognition, and even personality, but there's still much we don't know. (Read about more "Mysteries of the Brain.")