The female brain is quite different from the male brain. Just ask a few questions and watch the answers go in completely different directions.
Women are from Venus and men are from Mars. You ever heard that one before? Well, of course, you have, and it’s just a joke… mostly.
Sometimes, however, women and men really do feel like they are from two separate planets.
Here are the ways the male brain is so vastly different from the female brain:
- Men and women use different parts of the brain to handle the same task.
- A woman’s brain is 10% smaller than a man’s brain, according to overall brain volume. However, it does not affect the levels of intelligence, and scientists are unsure of which regions hold the volume differences.
- With age, the male brain shrinks faster than the female.
- Women are more capable of managing multiple tasks, flowing simultaneously, while men tend to get irritated when they have to do several things at the same time. However, scientists have emphasized that it’s just a general tendency and not conclusive evidence.
- But… Men are faster to absorb information, so they are more responsive.
- Women tend to remember all the details, while men usually keep the main point in mind.
- If a man is lost, he will remember the direction and the traveled distance, and a woman will remember reference points on the road.
- Similarly, a male driver remembers the numeric value of the distance, while a woman driver usually remembers different road signs and shop windows.
- Yes, everyone was waiting for this topic, so here it is: men think about sex more often than women. A study found that in a one-week period, the average number of sex-related thoughts in men was 18.6 and for women, it was 9.9. Of course, it’s not true for nymphomaniacs or people with various mental disorders.
- Men tend to be more analytic and, therefore, excel at exact sciences, and women have higher empathy and are thus better at social sciences.
- Men and women respond differently to harsh and irritating sounds.
- Women also tend to be more talkative. The pleasure center of the female brain could have to do with their sociability. So, in general, conversation brings more pleasure to women. Women seem to use nearly three times as many words a day as men do. (Of course, if we don’t consider introverted women)
- When a loved one hugs a woman, it improves her happiness and self-confidence.
- Men and women have a different perception of humor. Men are more focused on a funny outcome of a story or a show, while women are more likely to enjoy the subtleties of humor and the used language.
- Women are, by nature, more sociable as they find social interaction more rewarding, as we have said above. At the same time, men are more aggressively competitive. That is why men are more likely to engage in a fight. For the same reason, women may get irritated by the fact that men refuse to support long conversations with them.
- The male ear is weaker than its female counterpart. That is why women can hear subtle intonations and men – not always so. Also, in terms of tactile perception, men lose.
- Women tend to have more fully developed organizational skills.
- If a man sees a ball on the road, he will probably hit it, while a woman is likely to pick it up.
- Female brains heat up more, as more glucose is “burnt”.
- Men perceive speech with logic so that they hear exactly what is said, while women use their intuition and emotion. This helps women easier see hints and hidden meanings behind other people’s words.
How exactly is the male brain wired, in comparison with the female one?
I’d like to share the results of one particular study in more detail.
Having spent countless hours in workshops and having studied more than 1,000 brain scans, scientists came to a conclusion that confirms the old common belief stating that the male brain works in a different way than the female one.
The map of the “neural circuit” of the average female brain contains a larger number of connections between the left and right hemispheres, contrasted with the male one, where the connection in regions between the back and the front of the brain is predominantly stronger.
Ragini Verma, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking at the Guardian, admitted that the big surprise was that the findings essentially confirmed stereotypes.
That is, men are wired for perception and coordination, while women have enhanced social skills and memory, which explains why they better cope with multitasking.
According to Verma, the left side of the brain is responsible for logical thinking while the right one – for intuitive thinking. So, when a task engages both hemispheres, women are doing it better.
It also explains why women are better listeners. Another impressive discovery was that male and female brains are essentially complementary.
All the above sounds like quite a few differences, doesn’t it?
Well, taking a look at the bigger picture will show how these various characteristics actually complement one another.
So, the statement about men and women being from opposite planets could mean they have come from other worlds in order to enhance our own. And this is figuratively speaking, of course.
What would it be like if the male brain and the female brain were exactly the same?
Without mixing the logic of the male brain and the emotion of the female brain, I think, we would be pretty dull creatures.
What about you?
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