A woman’s brain is a bit more complicated in setup, but those connections may allow our brain to work faster than a man’s. Read why…..
People like to think that menâ??s brains and womenâ??s brains are fundamentally the same. But research indicates that men and women do in fact have different structures and wiring in the brain, and men and women may also use their brains differently.
Men do score better at tasks that involve orienting objects in space, while women do better at language tests.
Parts of male and female brains are different sizes
Scientists have known for a while now that men and women have slightly different brains, but for many years they thought the changes were limited to the hypothalamus – the part of your brain that controls sex drive and food intake.
In 2001, researchers found that certain parts of the brain were differently sized in males and females. The study found that parts of the frontal lobe, responsible for problem-solving and decision-making, and the limbic cortex, responsible for regulating emotions, were larger in women. In men, the parietal cortex, which is involved in space perception, and the amygdala, which regulates sexual and social behaviour, were larger.
Women have ten times more white matter
Men also have approximately 6.5 times more gray matter in the brain than women, and women have about 10 times more white matter than men do. This difference may account for differences in how men and women think – gray matter is full of active neurons, while white matter consists more of connections between the neurons.
We really can multi-task better
Whereas your gray matter is full of active neurons, your white matter consists more of connections between the neurons. Those connections may also allow a woman’s brain to work faster than a man’s, allowing women to multitask better, for example â?? yet another stereotype that may hold some truth.
And, although womenâ??s brains are slightly smaller in mass than menâ??s, the neurons in womenâ??s brains are packed in more tightly, sitting closer together. Some women have as much as 12 percent more neurons than men do, and the closer proximity between the neurons also increase processing speed.
Men and women access different sections of their brain to perform the same task
But the one discovery I find particularly interesting is that men and women access different sections of their brain to perform the same task. Itâ??s a beautiful illustration that there is more than one way for the human brain to arrive at the same result. Itâ??s not necessary to process things, or think alike, to reach the same conclusion or answer. And it has no major impact on overall intelligence â?? either way will work just fine when taking that IQ test.
Isnâ??t that a relief!
About Dr. Mercola
Dr. Mercola founded one of the most visited health sites on the Internet, Mercola.com and has a practice, the Optimal Wellness Center, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
For more info: visit Dr Mercola
While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.