A new sleep study reveals the multitude of changes the brain undergoes during adolescence.
The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, included 28 kids ages 6 to 10. The kids' brains were examined with an electroencephalogram (EEG), which tracks brain changes, as they slept for two nights every six months.
Researchers were able to see changes in the brain's neuronal connections throughout time, finding that the density of the synapses in the brain are the densest when the children are at age 8. From then on, density decreases, with it decreasing the fastest between ages 12 and 16-1/2.
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