The capacity of a teen to wire up new sexual associations mushrooms around 11-12 for girls, 12-13 for boys, when billions of new neural connections (synapses) create endless possibilities. However, by adulthood his brain must prune his neural circuitry to leave him with a manageable assortment of choices. By his twenties, he may not exactly be stuck with the sexual proclivities he falls into during adolescence, but they can be like deep ruts in his brain—not easy to ignore or reconfigure. For more details on the adolescent brain see:
- Why Shouldn’t Johnny Watch Porn If He Likes?
- Young Porn Users Need Longer To Recover Their Mojo
- Gary discusses the adolescent brain (show #7)
- The Teenage Brain: Dr. Jay Giedd of the National Institute of Mental Health
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