Essay about Differences in the Male and Female Brain

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Differences in the Male and Female Brain

It is proven that the male and female brains differ, but can one prove that it affects the behavior? Many scientists would agree that ones behavior is determined by his/her gender. Although others are convinced that social conditioning is the cause for the differences between the male and female, it is very unlikely that biological differences play no role in behavior. The male and female brains differ not only by how they work, but also on the size. For example, Natalie Angier and Kenneth Chang, neuroscientists, have shown that the women’s brain is about 10 percent smaller than the male’s, on average, even after accounting for women’s comparatively smaller body size. Three brain differences
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Such disconnections from others increase the risk of complete suicides.

Another brain difference is that the corpus collosum tends to be larger in the woman’s brain. Having a larger corpus collosum gives women the ability to transfer data between the right and left sides of her brain. While women have greater access to both sides, men mostly rely on the left side of the brain. Because women are able to use both sides of the brain, they tend to be better with language then the male. Another advantage women have over men is if a woman has a stroke in the left front side of the brain, she would be able to more fully recover than a male because of their greater use of both sides (Reville).

The differences in the way men and women think is also affected by the gray and white matter. Men may have 6.5 times the gray matter devoted to their thinking process than women, but women have 10 times the white matter of men. Gray matter in the brain is where information comes together and is processed. The white matter is made up of the connections that help messages travel from one process center to another (Jadrnak). These differences may help to explain why men tend to excel in tasks requiring more local processing like mathematics, while women are more likely to excel in areas that require pulling information out diverse areas of the brain, such as language
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