August 21, 2012

Brain Still Developing Well into Your Late 20s

Melinda Beck, Wall Street Journal


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Many parents of 20-somethings worry that their offspring haven't yet found a career path, gotten married or become financially independent.

These parents should chill out, experts say.

Recent research into how the brain develops suggests that people are better equipped to make major life decisions in their late 20s than earlier in the decade. The brain, once thought to be fully grown after puberty, is still evolving into its adult shape well into a person's third decade, pruning away unused connections and strengthening those that remain, scientists say.

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