Girls Really Do Mature Quicker Than Boys, Scientists Find

Sarah Knapton, Telegraph (London), December 20, 2013

It is a well known truism that girls mature faster than boys.

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.

They discovered that as the brain matures it begins to ‘prune’ information that is stored and focus on what is important.

For girls this can happen as early as 10 years old, but for boys it can take until between 15 and 20 for the same.

Dr Marcus Kaiser said: “Completely by accident we found there is a difference between boys and girls in terms of development.

“We found that the brain begins to prune neural connections which it does not think are important.”

During this process similar memories or sounds or sights that appear in the brain several times will be shut off.

Researcher Sol Lim said: “The loss of connectivity during brain development can actually help to improve brain function by reorganizing the network more efficiently.

“Say instead of talking to many people at random, asking a couple of people who have lived in the area for a long time is the most efficient way to know your way.

“In a similar way, reducing some projections in the brain helps to focus on essential information.”

Only important connections, like linking the sound of a familiar person’s voice to their face are preserved.

But while scanning the brains of 121 volunteers between the ages of four and 40 they discovered significant differences.

“Previous studies have shown that the brain does a lot of re-organising during puberty, there is greater activity during this time, “ said Dr Kaiser.

“But it was rather unexpected to find that these changes were starting much earlier in girls in comparison with boys.

“Around 10 to 12 you start to see a lot of activity in the brains of girls as this pruning takes place, but it was between 15 to 20 for boys.

The work is part of the EPSRC-funded Human Green Brain project which examines human brain development and is published in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

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  • dd121

    This isn’t exactly a news flash. The early development of girls has been know, well, for a long time.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Of course if the study showed boy’s brains mature faster it would be declared “sexist pseudoscience” by feminazis.

  • Ograf

    After the age of 15 my thoughts as a young man were focused on things of a carnal nature. Brain can re-organize later .

  • Whitetrashgang

    A man had to learn new things every day to survive, . A woman 10-12 would be doing the same things over and over cook and clean. A man had to learn to fight ,hunt ,explore new lands and defend them. Build and invent things, and find better and easier ways to do it.

  • JackKrak

    Science confirming what we already know about gender differences, especially news that is flattering or at least neutral for women, can be published in respectable mainstream outlets without incident.

    Meanwhile, mountains of incontrovertible science that has been checked and rechecked a thousand times and is perfectly consistent with everyone’s life experience that points to real and consequential differences between races has to go begging for a publisher.

  • bigone4u

    I taught 18 year old college students for decades. Their brains were still a mash up of confusion. It’s why age of consent laws that are higher are better. I would set the age of consent, voting age, age allowed to do porn, drinking age, etc. at 21. I base that on the poor decision-making skills of the 18 and 19 year olds I saw. Of couse, the porn industry, bars, birth control sellers, and the Democrat Party, who all exploit youthful folly, would object

    • Peter Connor

      Voting a ge should be 26 at least!

      • bigone4u

        Agree in theory, but greater than 21 wouldn’t fly politically or even with the courts. Also in theory, only white male property owners should be allowed to vote, since that’s the way it was intended by the founders. Maybe in the new white ethnostate after the big blowup, a new Constitutional Convention can forge new policies based on race realism.

        • Jesse James

          I like the consolidated single age of adulthood approach. It is confusing to have different ages for sexual consent, different types of alcohol consumption, driving, gun ownership, voting, joining the military etc. I do believe that different activities might be finer tuned and would support different ages for different things but I don’t think this is outweighed by the need to have a clear line between adulthood and childhood.

          • DonReynolds

            The ancient Romans did this in seven year blocks. The first seven years were infant-toddler. Another seven years to 14. Another seven years to 21. 28. and 35. Since so much of modern law was borrowed from the old Roman law, these are still important age threshholds.

          • Jesse James

            Don thanks for sharing that, I am very interested in Roman history and I had never been aware of their approach to determining adulthood. I was aware of different positions in the cursus honorum requiring certain mandatory ages as a prerequisite to run for or obtain certain positions but had never thought of it in an organized or legal way.

      • Spartacus

        I say drop the system altogether. “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer” works just fine for me.

    • Evette Coutier

      If they are old enough to be drafted, or join the military, and die for their country, then they are old enough to be treated as full adults.

      • wally artsenal

        Almost agree: Age 21 to vote as the norm. Earlier only if drafted or joining the military before age 21.

        • Evette Coutier

          If you can be tried as an adult at 18, sent to jail for life or even executed…with all the responsibility comes all the rights and privileges. Otherwise, raise the age of majority to 21 as well.

      • DonReynolds

        So few actually do any of that, except during national emergency, I am not so sure anymore. I would agree that military service should be proof enough to drink a beer or buy a cigarette. But the ones who sit on the couch till they are 28 playing space invaders on XBox, maybe not so much.

        • Evette Coutier

          It’s an issue of principle. Either you are an adult or you are not. If the government can take away the rights of any group of adults, then they can talk away any rights of any adult. At that point they are not rights but government granted privileges. You may be comfortable with that but I am not. If you can be tried in court as an adult, die for your country as an adult, and legally have all the responsibility of an adult, but denied the legal rights of an adult, you are owned by the state.

      • cranky_1970

        I would argue that an 18 year old isn’t old enough to die for his country. Soldiers should be 21 at least.

    • DonReynolds

      Yes, I do recall the year the Alabama legislature tried to raise the drinking age to 55. It was worth a few laughs.

  • M.

    Anyone who’s been around teens and is a good observer already knows this.

  • JohnEngelman

    Good. Now let’s do some research into how brains differ among the races.

  • Spartacus

    Doctor Shlomo says that differences between genders are strictly social constructs, and those who say otherwise are naziswhowanttokillsixmillionjews . The so-called scientists who made this study are White supremacists, and they must be send to re-education camps immediately, for their own good.

  • MekongDelta69

    And yet – ANOTHER study of the inanely obvious…

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    Can’t have that. If not for immature teenagers, how else am I going to be able to make money? Other than comprehensive immigration reform.

    • dd121

      Social media sites are inherently evil and bring out the worst in human nature.

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        Social media sites are good, very very good.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Try invading a country for the Zog, every else is doing it.

    • Evette Coutier

      I’ve read and heard adult liberals be just as immature, and in some cases more so. No voting rights for liberals.

    • M.

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        When I advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, all I can do is read then speak what is loaded onto the teleprompter for me that someone else wrote, or cut and paste what someone else wrote.

        Since I don’t have any pre-written words handy relating to comprehensive immigration reform and people who fix escalators, I have to think for myself.

        And I think that comprehensive immigration reform would mean that we will finally have someone here who could fix that escalator so she could get off of it and be free.

        • DonReynolds

          A slave…..is a person who waits……for someone else to free them.

        • dd121

          I think it’s interesting you never define what you mean by “comprehensive immigration reform”. Where you going with that?

        • Whitetrashgang

          I have always thought that people who fix escalators are the happiest people I know.

  • IstvanIN

    Girls mature faster than boys = nature.
    Boys do better at math = discrimination.

    • Spartacus

      STOP BEING RACIST AGAINST CONFUCIANISTS, YOU EVIL NAZI !

      • So CAL Snowman

        A wise man once said, “forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for a late pizza.”

      • IstvanIN

        Sorry.

  • Romulus

    Yet another study of absolute Bulls**t. Civilization,architecture/infrastructure, science and exploration are ALL products of MEN.
    THIS STUDY IS JUST ANOTHER IN A LONG LINE OF FEMINIST GARBAGE THAT EVEN ITSELF WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE ADVENT OF INDUSTRIALISM
    This kind of thinking exactly parallels the rise of feminism and the demasculinization of men since the sixties.
    Now compare this crap to the story above in the features section about the confederates as told by that idiot Mccurry. U of Penn is a hotbed of liberal/critical thinking, marxist fools.

    • CourtneyfromAlabama

      The fact that females mature faster than boys is nothing to get
      offended over. There are reproductive reasons for it and it hardly is a
      sign of superior intellect during adulthood.

      Remember
      that the dumber races also learn things faster as babies than the
      smarter races do. It means nothing. The fact that a person or animal
      learns something first in the early stages of life before another person
      or animal, is hardly a sign of superiority.

      • Romulus

        I minored in evolutionary biology, Ms Courtney. I assure you this study is nonsense. It is a by product of sixties feminism and nothing more. I have the greatest respect for true ladies and not the robots running around spouting the party tagline. Professor John grey wrote a book called “Men are from mars,Women are from Venus”. Quite a fun read actually, among many.

        • MBlanc46

          You assure us that it’s garbage, but you offer no evidence or argument.

          • Romulus

            As if I needed to!!! You”ll believe a study that follows the coattails of a five decade old cultural revolution against the ten thousands year epoch of human civilization!
            ASTOUNDING!!!
            Americans are so used to scientists publishing “studies” to tell them how to think, that we don’t trust our own intellect anymore. How sad.
            I’ll simply say to look into the differences between the ways boys and girls learn. Pumping ritalin into our boys because we think their hyperactive or have some made up medical condition is stupidity of the highest order. American thinkers archives has produced some excellent articles on what has been transpiring.
            It seems to me from reading some comments, that some are limiting their intellectual prowess by viewing the articles posted herein with monocular vision.
            I instead see how all fits together.

          • MBlanc46

            I don’t believe it nor do I disbelieve it. It’s beyond my competence to make a determination. But I am pretty certain that it’s not some feminist plot, as its findings are contrary to one of the basic principles of contemporary feminism.

          • Romulus

            I understand you,certainly. I reiterate that the implied message of this study and it’s timely release fall in conjunction with the current zeitgeist of female superiority. If we all know girls mature a few years earlier as common knowledge, then why release a “new” study?
            The fact is that this is nothing new,nor does it lend points to female gender,yet that is the take away as the article is written. That is what pisses me off.

          • MBlanc46

            I suppose because studies are what scientists do. I don’t see the connection to any claim of female superiority, but apparently others do.

          • Romulus

            Within the construct of main stream popular media and culture.
            Count up the number of popular movies TV, books that focus on my daughter my wife or women. Till find a staggering number since the middle 90’s. There were a couple of lesbians Hawking a book called “the rules” on Oprah years ago. The kids movie FROZEN where the two heroines are sisters. It goes on and on and on. The sciences have also been corrupted by PC. Particularly archeology and anthropology. View the pop culture and media from the right angle and it is very clear. Example: Hollywood has always been a stronghold for homos. So it makes sense that the movie AMERICAN BEAUTY AND NICKELBACK MOUNTAIN were given Oscars. They are both nothing but queer propaganda and exactly mirror the rise in gay activism. You’ll find the exact same parallel with female related “studies” and it’s accompany portrayal in culture.

          • MBlanc46

            I’m fully aware of the glorification of women in popular culture. Alas, I’m afraid that’s the route down which our society is traveling. I agree that the social sciences have been partially infected by political correctness. I see less work in the physical sciences, but I’ve not seen any evidence that race/class/gender analysis have hit them yet. While I do find the “female superiority” propaganda offensive (not that anyone cares about offending me) I just don’t see it in this article.

          • Romulus

            Well ok then!!! Lol At least we figures out where we’re both coming from on the topic. Robust debate is good for information sharing.
            Thank you Mel.

          • MBlanc46

            Absolutely. We don’t have agree on every detail of every issue to fight the race-realist fight together.

        • CourtneyfromAlabama

          You are tap dancing around my response to you by attacking feminism as if I am a feminist or even said anything feminist. Quite the contrary. If you read my post above, you will see that I was actually insulting women, and I tried to make that pretty clear. I just told you why believing that girls mature faster than boys is hardly feminist considering that it hardly means women are smarter than men by any means. Did you read my post? And yes, I have read the Mars and Venus book , and yes, I am aware of gender differences. I don’t need to be lectured about it.

          • Romulus

            Im am neither attacking you personally nor did I intend to lecture. Of course I read all the posts.
            Secondly, I am not flip flopping either. Proof of earlier puberty in females doesn’t confer superiority or any new revelation. The gist of the article as it is worded gives the implied message that women are the better sex.
            Thirdly, the left are masters of media manipulation. So if this article comes from a leftist source media, it will be used to further denigrate men and elevate females. THAT is what upsets me.
            Finally, I have nothing but admiration and respect for our realist and patriot sisters.
            We need more of them. Thank you.

          • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time

            Always assume that any hint of a misogynist commenter is someone who is purposely trying to cause division between females and pro-White politics, or a very, very insecure male who either can’t hold on to a decent relationship or just can’t find any women who will put up with them. These are Internet anomalies that don’t go over too well in the real world.

      • IstvanIN

        The longer the period of maturation the longer the period of optimal learning. Kids soak up knowledge like a sponge. Late middle-age, like me, a lot slower, its just life.

    • MBlanc46

      I don’t see that noting the different rates of development between males and females is somehow feminist garbage.

      • Romulus

        Yes,my apologies, I should have expounded further. We all have witnessed the descent of our nation into a feminist,sissy,nanny homo state. I’ve had enough of the women as warrior crap as I can possibly stand.
        I position this so called study into the larger framework of the non stop assault on masculinity in America. Which we’ve all been reading and watching endlessly for the past two decades. It simply is adding fuel to the fire for a matriarchal society, which goes hand in hand with the rainbow coalition
        If there is any truth to this article, it would lie in the infantilism and arrested development of Americas popular culture, as well as the marginalization of white males,while simultaneously elevating women to male roles. Blacks are on the lower end of the spectrum from the gitgo, so I won’t waste any print for them. Ditto low IQ squat monsters.
        The bulk of these studies gives Rachel maddow, Hannah Rosen ( the end of men/the Atlantic) a hard-on. In their boggled brain, it assures them of their leftist delusion empowering them ever further towards their goals of the complete upending of our society.

        • MBlanc46

          But this appears to be just the opposite of feminism. Feminists claim that all of the apparent observable differences between the sexes (which they call genders) are due to social construction, not biology. For feminists, to claim that there are biological differences between the sexes, as this article does, is to commit the heresy of biologism.

          • Romulus

            Yes, quite right. In this particular instance, this still works in their favor as it biologically puts them over men and in the matter of intellect.
            What the article doesn’t state, is what kind of maturity, mental or physical or both. If by demonstrating
            Girls enter puberty much earlier than boys do,then this is merely an offshoot of that. Boys are not far behind. It is the wording of the article and the hubris that annoys me most.

            The “women are superior” to men meme. If cougarmoms are any indication of the modern female then this study is bogus. 50 yr old women running around with 20 something boys is not maturity but arrested development.

          • MBlanc46

            Okay. I didn’t read it that way, as implying some kind of superiority. It seems no more significant that females starting puberty earlier and reaching their final height earlier.

        • WR_the_realist

          Blacks mature sooner than whites. Does that make black people superior to whites? Showing that a certain type of brain development happens sooner in females doesn’t say anything at all about which sex is going to be better at what in adulthood.

          • Romulus

            In a nutshell.

          • CourtneyfromAlabama

            What WR the realist just said is exactly what I tried to explain to you before. You are agreeing now all of a sudden? I am confused.

      • Jack Burton

        The feminist garbage is in twisting this to prove that females are somehow superior, when in reality faster/early maturation is not correlated with higher intelligence, it’s the opposite.

        This is not the same as increased brain function, as you see in genius children who speak and read very early.

        • MBlanc46

          I’m afraid that I don’t see any such twisting in this article.

          • Jack Burton

            You’re one of many here that lack comprehension.

  • Conrad

    There may be some truth to this but then I’ve noticed that women are one of the most frequent ‘targets’ of black attackers…
    Y’all read the above story right? …
    “A 26-year-old Florida woman may never walk again after her kind gesture to offer a stranger a ride to the hospital turned into a nightmare attack that has ruined her life.”
    Yeah, that’s what I have to wonder about.

    • Jack Burton

      One has nothing to do with the other.

      Psychopaths are predators, and predators prey on weak targets by nature. They take the path of least resistance. They attack women, particularly White women, because they’re easy, high-value targets.

      • Conrad

        My point above was that I wonder why white women, being such prime & frequent targets, aren’t the first ones joining the pro-white cause in defense of our race.

        • Jack Burton

          Women and feminism aren’t rational.

        • Conrad

          “Women and feminism aren’t rational.”
          Well some aren’t. I think that it is true that women use heir emotional too frequently to make decisions but ALL white people need to improve their, shall I say, reasoning ability.
          That’s why I use the phrase – reason, logic, eugenics.
          We should not only survive but IMPROVE.

  • DonReynolds

    Given the female tendency to prefer male mates who are several years older, and taller, and heavier……it would make sense that nature would prepare them sooner for that differential. Not many couples are the same age and size, even fewer where the female is older, taller and bigger. For rather young girls to run with the older boys, they have to grow up faster. Anyone else notice this?

  • Puggg

    That the length of time between puberty and brain maturity is shorter in girls and women than it is in boys and men probably has a reason. Can anyone think of a reason society might need boys and men to have a relatively long time between puberty and brain maturity?

  • Jack Burton

    You’re so sick of hearing that men are better because men created civilization, technology and everything of value in the world? That sounds like a very frustrating personal problem to me.

  • Jack Burton

    Females mature quicker than males. Blacks mature quicker than Whites. Neanderthals matured quicker than modern humans. Primates mature quicker than humans. Anyone noticing a pattern here?

    I’ve heard some really stupid women boast about this, girls maturing faster. They’re so stupid they don’t even know they’re stupid.

    It’s a well known fact that slower maturation is evolutionarily advanced, it’s why humans evolved larger brains.

  • Jack Burton

    You obviously don’t get out that much. There’s a lot of unbelievably stupid people out there.

    Recently I heard a White girl say “you can’t say you’re White, that’s not nice.”

  • Alec Smart

    Girls mature earlier. This is obvious, and it is easy to say.

    But the truth doesn’t stop there. Men continue to mature, and by age 35 they are far more mature than any woman.

    I dare you to try and say that out loud to a group of women. But any man who has lived to age 40 knows this is true.