Are There Differences Between Male and Female Brains?

Male and female brains are distinct from each other and contain their own unique elements. For example, male brains on an average are 10% larger than those of females but the question remains: Does bigger mean smarter?

According to Dr. Louann Brizendi, author of The Female Brain, the crux of the issue in determining the answer to that question lies in the fact that up until now, almost all of the clinical data in existence on neurology, psychology, and neurobiology focused exclusively on males. This was not deliberate sexism, as it is connected to the belief that the human brain was the same for both sexes.

Recent studies, however, reveal a difference between female and male brains. How differently they look and function and why? are two important questions. If you take a look at the drawings above, the answer appears quite cut and dried. Women are complex and attracted to thoughts about stuff, while men are simpler and preoccupied with sex.

For those of you out there who more than beg to differ with this analysis, consider the following questions:

• Why do women talk more than men?

• Why do women remember details of arguments and relationships that men cannot?

• Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts?

It is known that sex hormones make their presence and influences known very early in fetal development. Via an ultrasound scanner, a recent Israeli study found distinct differences between male and female brains at just 26 weeks into pregnancy. One distinct discovery concerned the corpus callosum, which is the bridge of nerve tissue connecting both sides of the brain. Researchers found that it had a thicker measurement in female fetuses than those of the male variety.

As children, boys generally demonstrate superiority in areas of the brain involving math and geometry. A recent study, which included more than 500 children, revealed that these areas of the brain mature about four years earlier in boys than in girls. Conversely, the same researchers found that areas of the brain involved in language and fine motor skills (such as handwriting) mature about six years earlier in girls than in boys.

The ability to process language was another aspect of this fascinating study. Using brain-imaging technology that captures blood flow to “working” parts of the brain, researchers analyzed how men and women listened to a novel. It was noted that only the left hemisphere of the brain was activated when males listened, but the female participants activated both the left and right hemispheres.

What does this mean in terms of male-female relationships?

Well, maybe nothing and maybe everything.

In the meantime, forget about this and go out to dinner with your favorite member of the opposite sex.

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  1. phillip bobby fkenme says:

    i like the men brain