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Tests, Polls, Studies and Mental Maturity

June 21st, 2012

I’ve been reading a lot of books and articles recently that make their point through academic studies that base their results on tests or polls done with the subects taken from academia–that is, college students.  True of both liberal and conservative sociological/political studies.

But the human brain is not fully developted until about the age of 25.  That is, the prefrontal cortex, where reasoned judgement is performed, is immature until well into the middle of the third decade.

So what does that say about the validity of these studies?

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