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Taken together, Romeo’s studies suggested that neuroendocrine stress responses get shaped during puberty to emerge differently in adulthood.
In other words, something happens in puberty — but not earlier in childhood — that allows the brain to shift back to normal stress responses that had been skewed by early trauma.
The researchers also noted at what stage of puberty each child was in —from 1 to 5.
The responses were being shaped more powerfully when those stressors occurred around puberty rather than later in life.
This suggests that puberty may offer a greater potential for change.
Others were young and had not yet undergone the rat version of puberty.
During puberty, the body grows faster, changes shape and gets hair in new places.
Before puberty, people with ovaries and people with testes grow at roughly the same rate.
Puberty, pū′bėr-ti, n. the age of full development: early manhood or womanhood: the period when a plant begins to flower.
Puberty is reached relatively late, usually between the fourteenth and sixteenth years.
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