As more and more research reveals the differences in the male and female brains, it becomes easier for each gender to better understand the other and to allow the differences to unite rather than separate us. After many carefully controlled studies, scientists have discovered actual physical differences between the brains of males and females. Men and women tend to maintain these unique brain characteristics throughout their lives. Scientists believe these differences may explain why there are a significantly larger number of male mathematicians, mechanical engineers, architects, airplane pilots, bush guides, and race car drivers. Men also show an advantage in tasks requiring quantitative and reasoning abilities, and excel in science and math. In young boys, these areas of the brain mature around four years earlier than in girls.
OTTAWA CP — Women use more of their brains than men when it comes to driving a car, using a computer mouse or performing other visually guided actions, says a new study that suggests stroke victims should have different rehabilitation programs depending on their gender. The study found that for females, areas in both the left and right sides of the brain were active during eye-hand co-ordination experiments. That occurred for men only when they were planning their most complex task: moving a cursor on a screen in the opposite direction to the one expected, using a joystick. The findings, published in February in the European Journal of Neuroscience, could have implications for the way stroke victims are rehabilitated, said Sergio, a kinesiologist who studies the mechanics of body movements. Health professionals should consider gender when designing rehabilitation programs for stroke victims, she said.
Numerous psychological differences have been found between males and females, such as differences in cognitive abilities, personality, and rates of certain psychiatric disorders. However, do these differences tell us about evolutionary differences between biological males and females nature , or just gender differences between men and women, girls and boys nurture? Are the brains of males and females built differently, determining differences in behavior nature , or do we just interact with boys and girls differently from birth, essentially molding the same brain into two gendered brains nurture?
Their findings were published online recently by the European Journal of Neuroscience. Research about the differences in male and female brains is not new. However, the eye-hand coordination research by Sergio and Gorbet looks at what is happening in the brain when what the visual system is seeing is dissociated from what the hand is doing.