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Psychologists Say the New 18 is 25 Years Old

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The idea of turning 18 years old and becoming an adult seems a thing of the past with new findings from psychologists. The new age for adulthood is now 25. The change in age comes from further understanding of maturity and hormonal development in brain activity.

Evidence shows brain development continues in humans into their early 20’s which is later than originally thought. Judgment and self-image is controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain and new results show that part of the brain is still in the developing stage at the age of 18 and is not fully developed until 25.

Even though the new 18 is 25, parents are still encouraged to get their children to make their own way in the world by teaching them the skills they’ll need to survive so they don’t end-up living at home until their 30.

 Bbc.co.uk

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