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Men and women's brains are 'wired differently'

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Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2013 09:58 PM by AlexMuller

Male brains appeared to be wired front to back, with few connections bridging the two hemispheres. In females, the pathways criss-crossed between left and right.

 
These differences might explain why men, in general, tend to be better at learning and performing a single task, like cycling or navigating, whereas women are more equipped for multitasking, say the researchers in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
 
The same volunteers were asked to perform a series of cognitive tests, and the results appeared to support this notion.
 
But experts have questioned whether it can be that simple, arguing it is a huge leap to extrapolate from anatomical differences to try to explain behavioural variation between the sexes. Also, brain connections are not set and can change throughout life.
 
In the study, women scored well on attention, word and face memory, and social cognition, while men performed better on spatial processing and sensori-motor speed.
 
To look at brain connectivity, the researchers used a type of scan called DTI - a water-based imaging technique that can trace and highlight the fibre pathways connecting the different regions of the brain.
 
Study author Dr Ruben Gur said: "It's quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are.
 
"Detailed connectome maps of the brain will not only help us better understand the differences between how men and women think, but it will also give us more insight into the roots of neurological disorders, which are often sex related."

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-04
+3
Another good day for neuroscience. Brain is the most complex structure that exists that we know so far and needs very extensive research Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-04
+2
This is a pioneering study that shows for the first time that the brains of men and women are wired up differently. This could explain some of the stereotypical differences in male and female behaviour. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-04
+0
A separate study published last month found that the genes expressed in the human brain did so differently in men and women. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-04
+2
This is a big study. Scientists analysed nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-04
+0
This topic is one that will attract great attention from media - watch out Reply


 

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