Scientists Explain 5 Differences Between The Male And The Female Brain

While discussing the differences between the male and the female brain may seem controversial, the truth is that multiple studies have confirmed certain biological differences between the brains of different genders.  They are quite interesting to read and tell a lot about some common differences in terms of behavior.

  • Emotions

You are probably familiar with the most common perceptions about genders; women to be too emotional and unreliable and men to be too aggressive.  But, both of these are far from the truth.  

Men have higher testosterone levels which increase intimacy drive and causes the person to lean towards anger rather than calmness. However, this doesn’t mean that men are violent, rather quicker to reach a stress limit prior to reacting aggressively.

On the flip side, women have more estrogen and oxytocin, which focus on reproductive functions and bonding/socialization, respectively.  This could be the potential reason why women are often stereotyped as nurturing.

Additionally, men produce 52 percent more serotonin, a hormone which regulates mood.  This could explain why more women suffer from depression compared to men.

  • Structure

Men have larger brains in terms of volume while women have thicker cortices.  This doesn’t affect intelligence whatsoever and neither is smarter than the other.

Men have higher brain volume compared to women in all regions, due to their larger average brain size.   Men have 14 larger brain regions while women have 10 larger brain regions.

Additionally, men have more variation in volumes of each of the brain regions and the dimensions of each cortex.  Women have more consistency in brain regions size and cortical thickness.

  • Communication

Did you know that the part of the brain which picks up on language cues and works when using them is different in men?  This part is much thinner in men compared to women, which affects person`s ability to understand subtle nuance in language.

In addition, women get boosts in dopamine and oxytocin from communication, which causes them to associate communication with positive feelings.  However, this depends on other factors as well, not just gender.

  • Processing

There is a difference in which men and women process information; men use 7 times more of their brain`s gray matter than women.  On the other hand, women use white matter a 10 times more than men.

Gray matter focuses on processing information in a singular and focused way, which explains why men are not great multitasking.  More gray matter also indicates an inclination towards forgetting old memories, particularly ones associated with emotion.

  • Interests

To understand this one, you should look at animals.  According to a study done on rhesus monkeys, male and female animals have completely different interests.  In the study, the male monkeys were interested in wheeled toys, such as buses and cars while female monkeys preferred stuffed toys.

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