Male-female brain differences

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That differences exist between men and women have always been obvious. However, that there are differences in their brains was not so clear. Any difference was attributed to cultural upbringings and learning. Beliefs included facts such as girls are more prone to play with dolls and cooperate among themselves than boys because they are taught to be so by parents, teachers and social peers.

Earlier scientists were skeptical about the role of genes in creating biological differences in the brains of men and women. However, gender differences are already apparent from just a few months after birth, when social and external influence have had very little chance to get to work. Now research is confirming that there are subtle male-female brain differences.


[edit] Why should I be aware of this?

  • Females might have better eye-hand coordination than males.
  • The difference might make women better at driving a car, using a computer mouse or performing other visually guided action.
  • Male brain is most active as the exercise becomes complex.
  • The findings can have implications on the way stroke victims are rehabilitated.

[edit] All about male-female brain differences

In a study published in the European Journal of Neuroscience,it was found that on an average male and female minds are of a slightly different character. In women, both the left and right sides of the brain have been found to be active. So, if the stroke is only on one side of the brain, a woman may have have rehabilitation options than men. Rehabilitation can be more difficult for men who may need more thorough checking before they resume everyday activities such as driving.

Men have 4 percent more brain cells than women, and about 100 grams more of brain tissue, but a woman has a larger corpus collusum. Because of this a woman can transfer data between the right and left hemisphere faster than men. Men tend to be more left brained, while women have greater access to both sides.

Researchers now feel that these reflect a basic difference in the newborn brain -- the superior male efficiency in spatial ability, the greater female skill in speech. Michael Gurian, therapist and social philosopher, and author of What Could He Be Thinking: How a Man's Mind Really Works [1], explores the biological differences between men and women’s brains and how they lead to differences in communication.

[edit] The two sides of the brain

In the brain there is a large mass of fibres connecting the right and left hemispheres. This connective pathway is made up of more than 200 meters of nerve fibres and acts as a super-highway between the two sides of the brain. The brain’s right side is associated with more holistic and intuitive thinking while the left is concerned with more logical and analytical functions.

[edit] Activities which men can perform better

  • Men tend to be better at analyzing systems, while women tend to be better at reading the emotions of other people.
  • Males tend to focus on mechanics. Often, boys are more willing to talk about their feelings if they are doing something physical, such as bouncing a ball. This is because mechanical activity stimulates men's brains. [2]

[edit] Activities which women can perform better

  • Women can thus express their feelings better than men and have an increased ability to bond and be connected to others.
  • These qualities make women the primary caretakers for children.
  • The female has a more acute sense of smell. This might have developed from an evolutionary need for the mother to recognize her young.
  • The female brain gets 15% more blood flow than the male’s, and women also have more speech centers in their brain than men do, making it easier for women to verbalize their feelings.

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Scientists have determined that differences in male-female brains make them predisposed to particular smells. They used worms that had both male and female characteristics and hope that this study will open the door for further research into fundamental differences in how the brain functions, and its impact on diseases, including ADD, autism, and depression. They are looking for answers as to whether it is because of brain differences that women are diagnosed with depression far more than men, and men are diagnoses with ADD far more often than women. [3]

[edit] References

  • Why women are the superior marketing sex
  • Male-Female Brain
  • Brain Study Finds Male-Female Differences in Eye-Hand Co-Ordination

[edit] Source

  1. What Could He Be Thinking: How a Man's Mind Really Works
  2. Indiana University School of Medicine
  3. University of Rochester Medical Center