Puberty hormones may trigger changes in learning
Researchers at the University of Berkeley have found that puberty may have an impact on flexible learning in adolescence after studies on mice. "Puberty onset is occurring earlier and earlier in girls in modern urban settings — driven by such factors as stress and the obesity epidemic — and has been associated with worse outcomes in terms of school and mental health," Linda Wilbrecht, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley, said in a press release. The study found significant changes in neural communication in the frontal cortices, the region of the brain associated with learning, attention and behavioral regulation, of female mice after they were exposed to pubertal hormones.
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