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You are not an ‘adult’ till you’re 30: scientists

Research suggests people aged 18 are still going through brain changes

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 21, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 21, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Research suggests people aged 18 are still going through brain changes

Teenagers take a selfie at a flower market in Islamabad. Photo: AFP

People don’t become fully “adult” until they’re in their 30s, according to brain scientists in the UK.

An article published by the BBC has highlighted research by scientists who study the brain and nervous system. These scientists say that the age at which one becomes an adult is different for everyone.

In most countries, the law terms 18 as the age when one becomes an adult.

Research, however, suggests people aged 18 are still going through changes in the brain which can affect behaviour and make them more likely to develop mental health disorders, says the article.

“What we’re really saying is that to have a definition of when you move from childhood to adulthood looks increasingly absurd. It’s a much more nuanced transition that takes place over three decades,” Cambridge University’s Professor Peter Jones said. The BBC article writes that Jones says the education, health, legal and other such systems “make it convenient for themselves by having definitions.”

The professor said, “There isn’t a childhood and then an adulthood. People are on a pathway, they’re on a trajectory.”

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