Why Do Girls Mature Quicker Than Boys?
New research out today from Newcastle University confirms that the process of brain connection re-organization starts earlier in girls than it does in boys. As the process begins early in the teenage years, this could account for why teenage girls mature far quicker than their male peers.
The image is adapted from the Newcastle University article.
The research abstract can be found here: ““Preferential Detachment During Human Brain Development: Age- and Sex-Specific Structural Connectivity in Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Data” by Sol Lim; Cheol E. Han; Peter J. Uhlhaas; and Marcus Kaiser in Cerebral Cortex. Published online December 12 2013 doi:10.1093/cercor/bht333.