Brain connections may explain why girls mature faster
New research has found a direct relationship between certain functions in the brain and maturation, and these processes apparently occur earlier in females than they do in males.
In the study, scientists from Newcastle, Glasgow and Seoul Universities evaluated brain scans of 121 people between ages 4 and 40. They specifically examined what they called long-distance brain connections (i.e. connections between relatively distant brain regions and hemispheres).
The findings, published in Cerebral Cortex, showed that periods of maturation and brain improvement were correlated with processes of brain connections reorganizing themselves.
Researchers said that the process of the brain reorganizing its connections also begins at a younger age in girls, which they said may explain why females mature faster than males during teenage years.