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Are There Differences between the Brains of Males and Females?

Renato M.E. Sabbatini, PhD

That men and women are different, everyone knows that.

But, aside from external anatomical and primary and secondary sexual differences, scientists know also that there are many other subtle differences in the way the brains from men and women process language, information, emotion, cognition, etc.

One of the most interesting differences appear in the way men and women estimate time, judge speed of things, carry out mental mathematical calculations, orient in space and visualize objects in three dimensions, etc. In all these tasks, women and men are strikingly different, as they are too in the way their brains process language. This may account, scientists say, for the fact that there are many more male mathematicians, airplane pilots, bush guides, mechanical engineers, architects and race car drivers than female ones.

On the other hand, women are better than men in human relations, recognizing emotional overtones in others and in language, emotional and artistic expressiveness, esthetic appreciation, verbal language and carrying out detailed and pre-planned tasks. For example, women generally can recall lists of words or paragraphs of text better than men (13).

The "father" of sociobiology, Edward O. Wilson, of Harvard University (10), said that human females tend to be higher than males in empathy, verbal skills, social skills and security-seeking, among other things, while men tend to be higher in independence, dominance, spatial and mathematical skills, rank-related aggression, and other characteristics.

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Years of experienced differences

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I can feel emotionally closer to a man than another woman. Women are more often reminded of the way their bodies interact with their minds.

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Eastlightman, wtf? We're the same species.

Different hormones and other things... It's obvious that women think differently than men, for the most part.

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We are emotionally different. Even our brains function differently.

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We are all the same, it's just we express it differently in other shades and colors. We all need love, we all have problems, we all have our own desires.. we are all human.


unless some alien was reading this.. now THAT would be weird.

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No, we are the same and have been conditioned for conditioning is very deep and needs the equivalent of psychotherapy to change it.....and then find a partner who has also changed back into being HUMAN

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LOL, we are different in all the ways that have been mentioned above (see Rolles wonderful answer) and our social expectation fit 'hand and glove' with those biological differences. To answer your question we are emotionally different and conditioned different.

yet, not very different, we can still make sense of the other gender if we try.

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well,,,,,,yeah.....women are strange

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