Men's and women's brains wired differently

Why are men and women so different? It looks as if one big reason is their brains. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that the different genders are literally wired differently within the brain. Which may explain why each gender is better at different tasks.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania scanned the brains of 1,000 males and females of varying ages. The scans showed remarkable differences in the brain makeup. Male brains are wired with most connections between front and back with limited crossing between left and right brain hemispheres. Female brains, meanwhile, are wired between left and right, crisscrossing both hemispheres.

The wiring explains why men are usually better at learning and completing a sole task and women tend to be better at multitasking. The research participants then performed a series of tasks, which supported this hypothesis. Women scored higher on paying attention, social awareness, and word and face memory. Men scored higher in spatial processing and sensory-motor speed.

This study not only addresses the differences in gender thought processes, but also may also provide more insight into neurological disorders.

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