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I would think that behavioral tests of maturity are likely to be more accurate than tests of brain structure and connectivity, at least for a while. Much of what we are trying to determine from tests of brain structure and connectivity is what they can tell us about behavior. So it's less roundabout to focus directly on behavior.

Eventually, though, it might be easier to fool a behavioral test of maturity than a brain-based test. Also, I suppose there may be some issues that are hard to assess behaviorally: for example, not whether a person would engage in some behavior but what thought processes are likely to accompany it.

I couldn't agree more about your general point about sharp age cut-offs:

Thanks, Nada!

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