It turns out that women and men do use their brain differently after all.
I’m sure women don`t need any scientific facts to show them that they use their brains more than men, but this new study (which BTW is the largest functional brain imaging study) published in the Journal of Alzheimer`s Disease has finally confirmed what we all already know – women have more active brains than men.
In order to understand how neurological disorders affect women and men differently, the scientists involved in this study went through more than 46.000 imaging studies.
“This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences. The quantifiable differences we identified between men and women are important for understanding gender-based risk for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease,” – said Daniel G. Amen, MD, the lead author and psychiatrist founder of Amen Clinics, Inc.
This same study also showed that women have higher rates of depression, anxiety disorders and Alzheimer’s disease, while men have higher conduct-related problems, incarceration and ADHD.
In fact, the amount of activity in women`s and men`s brains wasn`t even the reason for the study, but it turned out it was a nice bonus. They came to this discovery when measuring the amount of blood that goes to the brain. The research revealed that women`s brains were much more active in some areas. Compared to men there was an increase in prefrontal cortex blood flow.
This discovery added another explanation to the fact that women tend to show more empathy, self-control, collaboration and intuition. Women`s brains also have increased blood flow in limbic areas which can also explain the fact that women are more susceptible to depression, insomnia, anxiety and eating disorders.
“Precisely defining the physiological and structural basis of gender differences in brain function will illuminate Alzheimer’s disease and understanding our partners,” said Dr. George Perry, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and dean of the College of Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
The study involved around 27.000 patients and 119 healthy volunteers with various conditions like bipolar disorders, mood disorders, brain trauma, ADHA and schizophrenia/psychotic disorders.
We must admit that in fact men`s brains are bigger, but women sure know how to use them!