Men don’t grow up until they are 40 – according to science

You have probably heard many times how men, even in their older years, continue to behave like children. Or that it is always the woman who is “wearing the pants” in the house.

Recently, we wrote about research that concluded men are completely hopeless. But now, it turns out there has been more research done on this topic – and here is what was discovered:

In a study from the University of Oxford, researchers observed the differences in maturity and development between men and women.

They wanted to compare the results to understand the differences in long-term behavior.

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Their conclusion showed that brain maturity is characterized by the development of functional and structural networks that continue to extend well into adulthood.

Men and long-term development

The study aimed to discover which functions change during the maturation process and which remain constant. The brains of 121 participants aged 4 to 40 were examined by brain 3D imaging or DTI.

The researchers also followed changes in the different functions while taking into account the participants’ gender and age.

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The results showed that although the brains of both women and men eventually develop the same ability to function in everyday life, men often show an unavoidable delay in the long-term development of functional networks compared to women.

It can continue up to 40 years of age.


Women, however, show an earlier deterioration in these functional networks. This is probably the reason why some say that men mature much later than women.

Eduardo Calixto, a professor from the Mexican university UNAM, explained in an article that although males generally have larger brains, females often are more efficient.

The female brain has better memory, connections and works faster. According to the researcher, this is due to hormonal differences between sexes.

The fact that men take much longer to grow up is old news, but it’s still nice to have a scientific explanation!

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