Post-adolescent developmental changes in cortical complexity

Anca-Larisa Sandu, Edouard Izard, Karsten Specht, Harald Beneventi, Arvid Lundervold, Martin Ystad

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BACKGROUND: Post-adolescence is known to be a period of general maturation and development in the human brain. In brain imaging, volumetric and morphologic cortical grey-matter changes can easily be assessed, but the analysis of cortical complexity seems to have been broadly neglected for this age interval.

METHODS: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to acquire structural brain images. The study involved 17 adolescents (mean age 14.1 ± 0.27, 11 girls) who were compared with 14 young adults (mean age 24.24 ± 2.76, 7 women) for measures of brain complexity (fractal dimension--FD), grey matter (GM) volume and surface-area of cortical ribbon. FD was calculated using box-counting and Minkowski-Bouligand methods; FD and GM volume were measured for the whole brain, each hemisphere and lobes: frontal, occipital, parietal and temporal.

RESULTS: The results show that the adults have a lower cortical complexity than the adolescents, which was significant for whole brain, left and right hemisphere, frontal and parietal lobes for both genders; and only for males in left temporal lobe. The GM volume was smaller in men than in boys for almost all measurements, and smaller in women than in girls just for right parietal lobe. A significant Pearson correlation was found between FD and GM volume for whole brain and each hemisphere in both genders. The decrease of the GM surface-area was significant in post-adolescence for males, not for females.

CONCLUSIONS: During post-adolescence there are common changes in cortical complexity in the same regions for both genders, but there are also gender specific changes in some cortical areas. The sex differences from different cortical measurements (FD, GM volume and surface-area of cortical ribbon) could suggest a maturation delay in specific brain regions for each gender in relation to the other and might be explained through the functional role of the corresponding regions reflected in gender difference of developed abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number44
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral and Brain Functions
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2014

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Brain
Parietal Lobe
Frontal Lobe
Temporal Lobe
Occipital Lobe
Fractals
Aptitude
Human Development
Interpersonal Relations
Systems Analysis
Gray Matter
Neuroimaging
Sex Characteristics
Young Adult
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Keywords

  • Grey matter
  • Fractal dimension
  • Development
  • Dimorphism
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

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Post-adolescent developmental changes in cortical complexity. / Sandu, Anca-Larisa; Izard, Edouard; Specht, Karsten; Beneventi, Harald; Lundervold, Arvid; Ystad, Martin.

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Sandu, Anca-Larisa ; Izard, Edouard ; Specht, Karsten ; Beneventi, Harald ; Lundervold, Arvid ; Ystad, Martin. / Post-adolescent developmental changes in cortical complexity. In: Behavioral and Brain Functions. 2014 ; Vol. 10.
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