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The brain is the last organ of the body to become anatomically mature. Early on children are very open and imaginative. Two brain-growth stages changes this:

  1. The five-to-seven shift when emotional circuitry comes under stgronger prefrontal control
  2. At puberty when the brain goes through radical sculpting

(Goleman, Daniel. The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights.p 71-73. MA: More Than Sound, 2011)