Whether we like having our kids still living at home with us in the basement or not, extending adolescence has the potential to make the brain more flexible and capable in adulthood.

“Adolescence, loosely defined as the period between puberty and financial independence, now lasts about 15 years, twice as long as it did in the 1950s.”

Part of this is due to an earlier onset of puberty in both males and females, but most is due to more and more young people remaining dependent on their parents. While some worry that this dependence could lead to lasting immaturity, developmental researchers are now arguing that an extended adolescence helps build “neurobiological capital,” creating a lifelong brain-based advantage in those lucky enough to experience it well into their 20s.

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