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Dear Patricia,

Most of the literature does seem to indicate the brain is fully developed by age 25. However, I did find one site that extends brain maturation into the 30's and 40's...

My own personal experience at age 69 is that I think they are all of them wrong. I think the brain continues to mature well into the sixties, and probably beyond. I can do things now I could never have done even ten years ago...much more than just absorbing additional knowledge.

Research just does not address the maturation of the brain accurately yet.

Here is the link that talks about age 30's and 40's.
http://phys.org/news/2010-12-brain-fully-mature-30s-40s.html

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You mean there's no hope for old geezers like me? I hoped that mine was still developing but now *sob* my hopes have been dashed...
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Well, when my brain stops developing, all I can say is that I hope it looks like yours...
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It's a bit of a mess, Virginia. Twisted. Mischievous. And my memory isn't a patch on what it was. And it's inhabited by a demon with a sense of humour. Ah, woe is me.
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You are it, Puffins?
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Yes i am the demon muahahaha....Ok i confess im not but thats funny
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Hi Virginia.
The truth is by 25 it's overdeveloped and has already entered the next phase; SHRINKING...:)
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....and by may be 70 what comes out of that organ is politely called "WISDOM"
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From what I have read, yes, in a "normal" person. However, be sure to use it on a regular basis. The less you do a thing, the less you are ABLE to do that thing.

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Hi Deep the last bit is yummy any practical example by any chance:)
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Yes. I have to use a walker when I walk any distance (like a block to the bus stop), because my back begins to hurt quite badly. My doctor ordered it for me, so insurance would pay for it. He said he wasn't ordering a "scooter chair" because if I didn't use my legs for walking, they would get weaker and I would soon be less able to walk.
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Perfect perfection:)
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In almost all cases. (But there some, I wonder if it is ever fully developed)

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he he he he yeah, that's certainly the case with myself! I look around at all my friends and wonder how in the blazes they all "got mature" and I still act like a 15 year-old.
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I dreamt that I joined the Medical School. The Lecture was about this subject for real.
"If the brain is injured by traumatic and non traumatic insult before full development you get a condition called Mental Retardation; meaning it's impervious to knowledge. On the other end when it occurs after it is fully developed you get Dementia meaning it is impervious to stored memory"
Q time: I raised my hand and "Yes Doctor Don". Guess who asked and clearly "Since when did you become doctor?"
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Hah! HIlarious!!
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Yes but you learn something new everyday so in a way it keeps getting bigger(:

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Read this (it's short):
http://www.academic.marist.edu/mwwatch/fall05/science1.htm

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No. Not till your brain is 60. Then it starts falling all apart like everything else.

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Your brain never stops developing and adapting (with the exception of neurodegenerative disease, obviously). One of the most basic mechanisms is called "long-term potentiation", which is a characteristic of any neuron that is post-synaptic to more than one other neuron. New serotonergic synapses are formed when consolidating a memory (think of it as "copying" from short term to long-term memory). You could actually, at any age, have some region (or possibly even regions) of the cerebral cortex removed (for whatever awful reason) and with some physical/occupational therapy, other areas of your brain would actually start taking over the roles of the missing parts. Hopefully that never happens, but it really speaks a lot towards the neuroplasticity of the human brain.

I hope that helps!

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If the some cerebral cortex controlling an entire function is removed, the related function will lack forever, won't it? So even if the person is recovered by some physical/some kind of occupational therapy, his/her affections or thinking pattern will change, right?
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Function will be lost immediately after the trauma/removal, but if you're asking if the restoration of function through the appropriate therapy really means that the recovered function arises out of an abnormally conscious effort, then the answer is no. One study, for example, found that a blind man with a camera which would represent image data by applying differing amounts of pressure over areas of his tongue began to be able to make out objects and even read a sign--that is, parts of his parietal lobe which receive sensory input from the TONGUE were able to start functioning as if they were receiving visual sensory input.
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Is it true that mad people recruit and utilise the forbidden part of their brains.
Is it also true that removal of that part of the brain leads to absolute happiness which is something more than Euphoria:)
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In my case: matured @ 25, ripened @ 40, and now pickled @ 55.

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I have read by 22yrs old. So you need your sleep and a decent diet. Bones also are still growing until then

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yes, for girls usually at 16

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Differential maturity yes:)
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Brain development is a very different process for girls and boys. It is widely documented that girls' brains mature more quickly than a boys until the maturation process evens out at around 30+ years of age. Also brain development also depends on so many other influences: parental nurture, emotional and physical well being, intrinsic motivation, external stimulus, level of IQ, progress and ability of socialisation, feelings of self worth, happiness, self confidence and self control. All these factors (and more) play an important and ongoing role in the development of one's brain power and intellectual abilities. The progess of brain development can be severely hampered by mental health issues (particularly ongoing depression), poverty and abuse in early childhood, poor diet, lack of exercise (physical and mental), poor education and lack of motivation. There is no hard and fast rule applicable across the board. Genealogy also plays a vital role in how a person's brain and intellect will foster - if a child (male or female) has very intelligent, clever, academic parents the chances that child will be intelligent and academic is very high.

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In my mixed high school days I beat all the girls in Mathematics including the best whose mother was our maths teacher.

I over-heard them argue and the mother said "How do you let him beat you after I showed you the paper?"
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No if your a guy because women mature faster than guys and its a proven fact

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The average female matures faster than the average male. This is a well established fact; it is what society requires of the genders.Stereotypes tend to be formed for good reason but are almost never entirely accurate.
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yes

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yes of course your brain will stay developing how much your age was

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Very very very likely.

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I have known people who had no brain at all after 25

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Damn, Pete, I didn't know we knew each other! How have you been?
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Those are normal people who fall outside the normal Gaussian Statistical curve. It fall under another heading all together namely 'Are brainless people normal?'
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he he he he you are a funny man, Don! or, of course, woman, if you are using DonQuixote as a front. Played, yes, but I'm not sure it's deserving of "well played". You're Gaussian is a statistical model, but it's far from perfect. Consider the Poisson!
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Hi BigBri
From normal brainless people, to some bizarre curve and a misspelt snake venom.
I just strayed into Wiki which I had been advise never to read. No spelling mistake.

My :<O real brainless brain XD
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Before this question can be answered, there must be a definition of "fully developed brain".

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Well based from me it's 22.

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Isn't that too late:)
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The age that I have been told most often (by therapists and a couple doctors in this field) for full brain development is 23 although it does depend on when you classify the brain as "fully developed". I have heard as high as thirty and as low as 18 (legal drinking age in Alberta) but regardless of when it actually is the brain continually changes throughout one's life.

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Does that mean some doctors in fact most in a certain country had gone to Medical School with undeveloped brain:)

May be its time to take from 30 on words:)
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I don't think that's a bad thing in any way. In fact learning before one's brain is completely developed is necessary to forming the brain and indeed the very nature of an individual. The brain is more malleable and can learn easier before full development. Think about how much easier it is to change the opinion of a 7 year old than a 70 year old.
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Won't that be what others call indoctrination of the you versus enlightened old guard?
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Confusing wording; if I am making proper sense of that I suppose you could see it that way. Although I don't think 'enlightened" is an appropriate term. "Set in their ways" as a result of much life experience would be more more accurate. I'd say.
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Thanks but it is really not me. I see lots of points you have put forward and suggest what others meaning you and I out for the time being......:)
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Sorry I had meant 'young' not 'you' about indoctrination.
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no ,i do not think so .But,25 is really an important age .Thing did not go as i expected .Losing someone and do not know the future clearly.During the year ,your thought is gradually changing .

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no, it is still a huge project of "fully developed brain" in science. However, when at 25, I really feel growing up faster than ever before.

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well it depends i read in a science article that if you are into politics your brain cannot process things you dont belive in even if it is right

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Well um i have to say you can't say fully developed because all kids have a fully developed brain,but wat you could say is they do they have a smart brain enough to develope tons of information and as always thanks for asking.

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Sorry took this long to notice this only correct answer:)
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yes

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The male brain matures at 25 or 26

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on one thought true on another thought false

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No one ever TRULY matures. We all have a big kid in us. No matter what you say.

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No it's fully developed when you're 21 years old not 25.

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scientist have proven that the male brain matures at 25 or 26 and not just on humans. they also discovered wooly mamoths that were all males and under their own 25 year old age. they concluded that they all died from wondering of and getting stuck in a tar pit. even though every thing i'm saying supports raising the drinking age, i still believe that if you are old enough to die for your country you should at least be able to drink.
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Guess it's 25 but you can keep on learning until you die at a ripe old age. I'm 71 and learn something every day.

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