So That's Why They Act That Way!

So it's true. We really are different.  A new study has found that men really are better at learning and, ha ha, performing a single task, while women are better at washing the dishes while answering the phone, changing the baby and typing a dissertation, all at the same time.  Oh, and knowing how to get somewhere when men won't ask for directions.

It's all about the wiring, according to newswise.com.  In men, it goes from front to back, and only in one hemisphere, while in women, it goes between the left amd right hemisphere.  What does that all come down to?

In men, "brains are structured to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action," newswise.com reports.  In females, the wiring suggests that the parts of their brains "facilitate communication between the analytical and intuition."

Moreover, the study showed that women have superior social skills and memory, "making them more equipped for multitasking and creating solutions that work for a group," the Web site notes.

Another study found that females ages 12-14  "outperformed males on attention, word and face memory, and social cognition tests. Males performed better on spatial processing and sensorimotor (reaction) speed."

Up to age 13 we're pretty much the same but after 14 is when the sexes really separate, brainwise.

But looks like I got it wrong.  "“It’s quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are,” newswise.com quotes Ruben Gur, PhD, a study author.  Dr. Gur is a professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

"If you look at functional studies, the left of the brain is more for logical thinking, the right of the brain is for more intuitive thinking. So if there's a task that involves doing both of those things, it would seem that women are hardwired to do those better," Ragini Verma, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and team member of the study, tells The Guardian. "Women are better at intuitive thinking. Women are better at remembering things. When you talk, women are more emotionally involved – they will listen more."

So it looks like those stereotypes may win out, after all.  ""I was surprised that it matched a lot of the stereotypes that we think we have in our heads," she adds. "If I wanted to go to a chef or a hairstylist, they are mainly men."






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