Teenage girls may mature faster than boys because of the way their brains are "pruned", scientists believe. Research shows that as we age, excess brain connections are cut back while those transmitting essential long-distance signals are preserved. Studying a group of volunteers up to the age of 40, scientists found that this pruning of neurons takes place earlier in females than in males.
Newcastle University scientists have discovered that as the brain re-organizes connections throughout our life, the process begins earlier in girls which may explain why they mature faster during the teenage years. As we grow older, our brains undergo a major reorganization reducing the connections in the brain. Studying people up to the age of 40, scientists led by Dr Marcus Kaiser and Ms Sol Lim at Newcastle University found that while overall connections in the brain get streamlined, long-distance connections that are crucial for integrating information are preserved.
But did we ever thought why God is being so partial with boys when it comes to maturity? Why do boys mature at a slower rate than girls? Why girls are so blessed to achieve maturity earlier than boys?
According to the study, it's rooted in the fact that the female brain establishes connections and "prunes" itself faster than the male brain. She explained that the human brain undergoes major changes anatomically and functionally as we age, and these changes make the connections in our brain more efficient. Notably, Lim's research found that this process tends to happen at an earlier age for women than men, which may explain why some women seem to mature faster than men. For the first few years of life, there's an "initial overabundance of neurons, connections, folding of the brain surface," Lim said.
Since my childhood, in a family of three girls, my parents and teachers always used to say that girls reach maturity quicker than boys. And actually, most adolescent girls think that too. Today, while I was thinking about that, I started wondering if it was really true, so I decided to do some research about it.
By Sarah KnaptonScience Correspondent. But now scientists have discovered for the first time that their brains can develop up to ten years earlier than boys. Newcastle University stumbled upon the finding while conducting experiments into how the brain stores information.
Why girls are better than boys? It seems like girls have always been smarter than boys. Throughout the years girls have proven to excel with their brains. For example, a woman was the one to discover DNA instead of a boy.
Female brain networks start reorganising themselves around the age of ten, while this takes another five years in males. As the saying ago, girls attain maturity sooner than boys. But is there any scientific truth to such a claim?