(HealthDay News) -- The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It's the center of learning, and is responsible for processing sensory information and directing the body's responses.
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The teen brain is still maturing, though it's more resilient, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health says.
The agency offers these additional facts about the young brain:
- In females, the brain reaches its full size at about age 11, while the male brain stops growing at about age 14.
- While the brain may not grow beyond the early teen years, it keeps maturing until the mid- to late-20s.
- The front part of the brain, called the prefrontal cortex, is one of the last regions to mature. It's responsible for planning, prioritizing and controlling impulses.
- The maturing brain's changes may help explain why some mental disorders don't emerge until adolescence.
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