GENDER BRAINOLOGY

brain hemispheres

An intellectually stimulating discussion highlight at a Friday evening debriefing from a long work-week are gender differences when thinking. Your, perceived, main information processor is composed of two distinct hemispheres, the “right-brain” and “left-brain”. Rumor has it that the “right” leans to the side of being more intuitive, thoughtful, and perception oriented. The “left” favors logic, analytical, and rational thinking (1, 2). Women and men manage different mental pathways when they play out their unique sexist roles.

Neuropsychologist Raquel Gur, MD, PHD, collaborated on a study to determine if and how women and men, ages 8 to 22, process information differently through the brain (4). It is fascinating to reveal that compared to men, women have a greater amount of blood that enters and moves through vessels found in the brain.

Women experience a high degree of connections across the hemispheres that suggests a unified approach to processing information. On the other hand, men’s mental processing of information aligns with connections that occur between the back and frontal brain regions.

Women tend to think using their intuition and “verbal reasoning” when making decisions. Men sway towards utilizing “visual and perception centers” and are “more likely to respond impulsively” (4).

Another study revealed that although women and men are skilled with manipulating right and left brain qualities, their way of processing information is distinct. Women are more likely to process material using “analytical and intuitive strategies” (3). Men tend towards maximizing on “perception and coordinated action” (3).

Scientific results are in and facts show that although both women and men may walk upright, there are strong differences in their thinking styles.

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REFERENCES

1 Cherry, Kendra. Left Brain vs Right Brain: Understanding the Myth of Left Brain and Right Brain Dominance. Online <http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/a/left-brain-right-brain.htm>

2 Dew, Dr. Robert. 1996. Are you a Right-Brain or Left-Brain Thinker? Originally published in Quality Progress Magazine. Pgs. 91-93. Online <http://bama.ua.edu/~st497/pdf/rightorleftbrain.pdf>

3 Ingalhalikar, Madhura, Alex Smith, Drew Parker, Theodore D. Satterthwaite, Mark A. Elliott, Kosha Ruparel, Hakon Hakonarson, Raquel E. Gur, Ruben C. Gur, and Ragini Verma. 2013. Sex differences in the structural connectome of the human brain. Online <www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1316909110>

4 Reade, Nathaniel. Are Men’s and Women’s Brain Wired Differently? Online <http://www.oprah.com/health_wellness/Differences-Between-Men-and-Women>

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