CBS News, TIME Partner For Brain Series

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Can new brain cells be created? Can memory loss be reversed? Is it possible that a woman in a vegetative state for more than 20 years could actually have heard during that time?

As 21st century science and technology open the brain to exploration as never before, once accepted truths are now being challenged. "A User's Guide to the Brain," A five-part CBS News series produced in conjunction with Time magazine, gives a first-hand look at the fascinating and radical new discoveries surrounding one of the human body's most extraordinary and mysterious organs – the brain.

The series ran in conjunction with Time.com's in-depth reporting on the subject. Time hit newsstands on Friday, Jan. 19.

In his first report for the broadcast, CBS Evening News contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta examined the revolutionary new field of neuroplasticity – the brain's ability to reorganize itself by creating new brain cells through mental and physical exercises.

The Early Show National Correspondent Tracy Smith followed up on the story of Sarah Scantlin, a woman who was in a vegetative state for 20 years and then miraculously began to speak in 2005. While she was unable to speak or voluntarily move her limbs during those two decades, doctors now believe she may have actually heard what was going on around her.

CBS Evening News Technology Correspondent Daniel Sieberg explained how new cutting-edge technology is allowing blind people to "see" using their tongues.

CBS News correspondent Richard Roth revealed the latest details from an ongoing study on how babies make sense of the world around them in a report on The Early Show.

Finally, the CBS Evening News provided an in-depth report on how chronic stress affects the brain, including research that says prolonged psychological stress can actually wear down the ends of a person's DNA.

CBS Radio News featured an , a distinguished Harvard professor and author of the Time magazine essay on the mysteries of consciousness.

CBSNews.com has on-demand video clips of all segments, as well as extended interviews not seen on television.
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