This month (March 16—22) brings us Brain Awareness Week: seven days in the year when scientists tell us how much they’re learning about our brains and ask for funding so they can learn more. Turns out brains are complicated.
Young adulthood (defined as 18—22 or 18—25) is a time of dramatic change in the brain, particularly its thinking structures. Scientists call this developmental period “emerging adulthood” or “the frontier of adulthood.”
Change, change, change
Brain development in early adulthood opens up more complex thinking, especially around relationships, moral problems, and abstract concepts. Young adults become better able to regulate their emotions and manage relationships.