Male Brain vs. Female Brain: 20 Differences, Backed by Science

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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:

  1. Men and women use different parts of the brain to handle the same task.
  2. 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.
  3. With age, the male brain shrinks faster than the female.
  4. Women are more capable of managing multiple tasks, flowing simultaneously, while men get irritated when they have to do several things at the same time. Scientists have found this is due to the gray and white matter within the brain. Women have more white matter while men rule in the gray matter category.
  5. But…Men are faster to absorb information, so they are more responsive.
  6. Women tend to remember all the details, while men usually keep the main point in mind.
  7. If a man is lost, he will remember the direction and the traveled distance, and a woman will remember reference points on the road.
  8. Similarly, a male driver remembers the numeric value of the distance, while a woman driver usually remembers different road signs and shop windows.
  9. 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.
  10. Men are better at exact sciences, and women – at social sciences.
  11. Men and women respond differently to harsh and irritating sounds.
  12. Women also tend to be more talkativeThe pleasure center of the female brain could have to do with their sociability. So, conversation brings more pleasure to women. Women use nearly three times as many words a day as men do.
  13. Hugging a woman for 20 seconds improves her happiness and self-confidence.
  14. Men and women have a different perception of humor. Men are more concentrated on a cheerful outcome of a story or a show, while women enjoy the subtleties of humor in general and the language of presentation.
  15. Women are, by nature, more sociable, while men are more aggressively competitive. That is why men often fight. For the same reason, women may get angry by the fact that men cannot support a long conversation with them.
  16. The male ear is weaker than the female counterpart. That is why women can hear subtle intonations and men – not always. Also, in terms of tactile perception, men lose.
  17. Women tend to have more fully developed organizational skills. 
  18. If a man sees a ball on the road, he will probably hit it, while a woman is likely to pick it up.
  19. Female brains heat up more, as more glucose is “burnt”.
  20. Men perceive speech with logic so that they hear exactly what is said, while women use their intuition and emotion. This helps women see hints and hidden meanings everywhere.

Opposites attract

Sounds like quite a few differences, doesn’t it?

Well, taking a look at the bigger picture will show how these various characteristics actually compliment 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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By |2018-09-06T16:40:18+00:00January 24th, 2013|Categories: Human Brain, Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , |15 Comments

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  1. Sarah January 25, 2013 at 2:21 am - Reply

    Is this for real? Where does this information come from? These “differences” have some very serious implications..

    • Anna January 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      these are the results of different brain studies I guess

    • Dhanvin Barot December 24, 2018 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      very true sarah

  2. Taylor May 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    No evidence is presented to back up these claims. They might as well be made up. What the hell does “exact” science mean? Does “three times as many words” mean more varied vocabulary or more verbal output? Some of the information in this article MIGHT be true but it is purely junk science.

    • Anna May 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      where can you see the word science?
      come on, I can’t always write highly intellectual articles, this one is nothing more but a fun read.

      • JC October 8, 2014 at 12:36 am - Reply

        Ha Anna,

        I agree and appreciate what you have shared.

        Love your writings; and Love you too.

    • mr. nobody August 13, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

      If you had made a quick research you would have found the source. There is obviously differences between the sexes otherwise they wouldn’t exist. There is no need to be so upset. People denying biological facts based on their feelings is the source of many modern problems.

      • dax January 13, 2019 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        Agreed 100%. So many females misunderstand males and vise versa. If we just listened to our psychology, we could repair our relationships in our day to day lives with others and work on problem solving instead of fighting as the sexes seem to do more and more.

  3. David Forslund August 10, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

    Although there actually is merit to this, the article is poorly constructed in the way it describes the differences as super specific and without any acknowledgement of neuroplasticity.

    As a man, I can inform you that most of what I am supposed to be inferior at is actually my strengths. Oh, and me… thinking about sex every minute; sounds like the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard.

    Earlier this day I actually stumbled across a podcast from Stuff You Should Know discussing this very topic. I listened to it. While they admit its a very touchy subject they concluded we should embrace it and research it more (a lot of possibilities in medicine for one). They handle this subject really well, explaining the differences between male and female brains as they go over some of what this article is saying. They admit however that there isn’t a lot of actual differences in intelligence in specific areas, almost no at all. We use our brains differently but with the same outcome.

  4. Hets November 12, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Female brain shrinks after birth and it takes months for it to return to the natural size if it does
    And im pretty sure that after a few weeks with no sex women and men think about it the same amount of times..

    • Dhanvin Barot December 24, 2018 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Female brain Is very Beautiful. I stay with onw ao i see daily. Loves

  5. Daniel Crawford May 3, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

    That picture at the top of this page is downright insulting and makes this whole page look substantially more biased/ misandrist than the text actually is. I only clicked on it because it made me angry to look at on Google Images. I mean, seriously; writing only “food, TV, football, beer,” and finally “sex”, not one but three times? That’s really all that’s supposed to be going on in my mind while women are evidently thinking “respect, security, and love”? I drink no alcoholic beverages and never plan to in the future, roll my eyes at football, spend more time practicing music than watching TV, and am profuse in blocking out the occasional sexual thought, whose frequency of occurrence is vastly exaggerated here. As for food, don’t all human beings of both genders sort of need that to survive anyway? The actual content seemed reasonably accurate (except, I’d say, number 18), but they should definitely re-consider the picture they chose for this page because it is plain infuriating to me and I’m sure a lot of other men.

  6. Vivek Mishra VishuMishra05 April 9, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Oh really !!!! Surprised to read it.I was thinking I am the most intelligent being a male and all females have always shrunken brain.lolz

  7. EliteCommInc. December 5, 2018 at 3:24 am - Reply


    before making complaints about sourcing . . . one might want to look at the highlighted references, a common practice for internet writers.

  8. profwatson January 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    The Bell Curve applies to the generalizations. There are always the small percentage that are out of the majority.

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