After my ALSC/YALSA talk at ALA, I found this on TED and loved it:
“Fifteen years ago, it was widely assumed that the vast majority of brain development takes place in the first few years of life,” says professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, who heads up the Developmental Groupat the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. “Back then we didn’t have the ability to look inside the living human brain and track development across the lifespan.”
But that’s all changed. Blakemore’s work is now devoted to understanding how and when the human brain develops using technology that lets us do just that. And as it turns out, “It’s not all over in early childhood, but continues right throughout adolescence and into the twenties and thirties,” she says.