As scanning becomes more sophisticated researchers are finding that there is actually a difference in the way development takes place in the brains of men and women starting in the teenage years. Recent studies explored the brains of 428 males and 521 females aged 8 to 22 years of age and found that the way their brains are wired may result in difference when making decisions and taking actions.
According to the study that was published on December 2, 2013 in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences the original intent of the researcher Ragini Verma, an associate professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues was to better understand the connectivity of the brain and determine if certain type of wiring were in good shape.
That was when the differences between the brains of the two sexes was discovered. The study suggested that hormones begin to kick in during the teenage years and push male and female brains in different directions.
- Men seem to be better equipped to comprehend what people perceive and how they react to it.
- Men’s brains are biased toward rapid understand of a situation and how to respond to it.
- Men have many friends but not the same relationships as do women friends.
- Men are predisposed for rapid action.
- Women appear to be better at connecting the parts of their brains that handle analysis and intuition.
- Women’s brains are biased toward integrating information with feelings.
- Women maintain and value friendships and other relationships more than men do.
- Women are predisposed to think about how things feel.
According to the researchers, the study does not necessarily connect with the way that the participants actually behave in real life. However this is a good starting point to learn more about how the brains of men and women develop differently and what it reveals about their relationship with each other.