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Male Vs. Female Brain
September 26, 2009
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This article is from the WebMD

Females and males maintain unique brain characteristics throughout life. Male brains, for instance, are about 10% larger than female brains. But bigger doesn't necessarily mean smarter.

Disparities in how certain brain substances are distributed may be more revealing. Notably, male brains contain about 6.5 times more gray matter - sometimes called "thinking matter"- than women. Female brains have more than 9.5 times as much white matter, the stuff that connects various parts of the brain, than male brains. That's not all. "The frontal area of the cortex and the temporal area of the cortex are more precisely organized in women, and are bigger in volume, "Geary tells WebMD. This difference in form may explain a lasting functional advantage that females seem to have over males: dominant language skills.

Geary suggest that women use language skills to their advantage. "Females use language more when they compete. They gossip, manipulate information," he says. Geary suggests that this behavior, referred to as relational aggression, may have given females a survival advantage long ago. "If the ability to use language to organize relationships was of benefit during evolutionary history, and used more frequently by women, we would expect language differences to become exaggerated," he tells WebbMD. Women also use language to build relationships, theorizes Geary. "Women pause more, allow the other friend to speak more, offer facilitative gestures," he says.

When it comes to performing activities that require spatial skills, like navigating directions, men generally do better. "Women use the cerebral cortex for solving pro0blems that require navigational skills. Men use an entirely different area, mainly the left hippocampus-a nucleus deep inside the braind that's not activated in the women's brains during navigational tasks," Geary tells WebMD. The hippocampus, he explains, automatically codes where you are in space. As a result, Geary says: "Women are more likely to rely on landmark curs: they might suggest you turn at the 7-11 and make a right at the church, whereas men are more likely to navigate via depth reckoning-go east, then west, etc."

While the brain allows us to think, it also drives our emotions. It may not come as a surprise, then that the ability to identify and control emotions varies between sexes.

"Women are faster and more accurate at identifying emotions," says Ruben Gur, PhD, a neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Studies have shown women to be more adept than men at encoding facial differences and determining changing vocal intonations.

Women, as a whole, may also be better than men at controlling their emotions. Gur and colleagues at the University of PA recently discovered that sections of the brain used to control aggression and anger reponses are larger in women than in men.

September 27, 2009
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very, very interesting stuff....

my BF and I have talked about this quite a bit, because our differences often lead to arguments. For example, he takes things very literally. If someone says something, he processes words only. I, on the other hand, can process the emotions behind what they say based on their tone of voice, facial expression, intonation, nonverbal language. So, if someone apologizes but isn't sincere, I can tell. He takes the words "I'm sorry" and that is all he needs. He always says he just wants me to take his words at face value, and not read anything into it. For me, that is impossible.

The emotional control thing is a big difference, too. If I bring something up that I think will lead to a rational, calm discussion, sometimes he has difficulty not getting upset and raising his voice. This upsets me. I see it not just when he deals with me, but with other people too. He doesn't always remain calm when someone comes to him with a problem. It doesn't help.

I think understanding how our brains function can help us understand male/female relationships.

Is there anything in the research that talks about multi-tasking (such as not being able to watch TV and do anything else at the same time?) LOL

September 27, 2009
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readyforachange- Hi. Its nice to hear that this article helps. Sometimes I feel the need to step back and figure out the cause of the problems.

As far as your last question in regards to watching TV and not being able to do anything else that is because TV is very stimulating.

My communication skills arent very good. I am making an effort to improve them.

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