You probably hear about how many, even as adults, can behave like children. In some cases, we see examples of this every day in the news, and in others, we see it at home or at work. There are just some guys who cannot be mature, no matter what the situation. This can be especially tough on relationships, as women may find themselves in the role of both mother and lover to the men in their lives. That’s a lot to juggle on top of kids, work, and everything else.
But now there’s a new study on this topic that may shed some light as to why this may be.
In a study conducted at the University of Oxford, researchers studied the differences in development and maturity between men and women. They then compared the results and came up with some surprising conclusions regarding the possible differences.
Researchers found that the brain maturation is determined by the long-term development of structural and functional networks that extend well into adulthood.
Men take much longer to mature.
The study sought to discover which functions change during the maturation process and which remain the same. Researchers looked at the brains of 121 participants from ages 4 to 40 through MRIs. They tracked differences while taking into account the age and gender of the participants.
The results revealed that although the brains of both men and women ultimately have the same potential to function in daily life, men have more of a tendency to exhibit some delay in the long-term development of functional networks compared to women.
In fact, this differential can last up to 40 years.
Women are sharper than men.
Women have a reputation for having sharper minds than men. This could be due to the earlier maturation process. However, on the flip side, women tend to show an earlier deterioration of these functional networks.
Professor Eduardo Calixto, who works at Mexican UNAM, explained this differential in a published scientific article. He said that while men may have larger brains, women’s work more efficiently and are sharper in several aspects.
According to the researcher, hormonal differences explain this physiological difference between the sexes.