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Girls' Brain Connectivity Happens Sooner Than for Boys

January 02, 2014

New brain research suggests one reason girls mature faster than boys during their teen years. As people age, their brains reorganize and reduce connections. In this study, scientists examined brain scans from 121 healthy people, aged 4 to 40. It's during this period that the major changes in brain connectivity occur. The researchers discovered that although the overall number of connections is reduced, the brain preserves long-distance connections important for integrating information. The findings might explain why brain function doesn't decline -- but instead improves -- during this period of connection pruning, according to the research team. To read more, click here

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