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WSJ: Gender differences in Brains – Male Brains Are Wired for Focus, Female Brains for Multitasking

Hmmmm so this seems to clarify why men seem so focused on one topic while women try to juggle / multitask…  I’m sure we can blame it on motherhood and nurturing, and I think it’s good when you are trying to encourage collaboration among a variety of cultures or approaches…

Combined brain scans of 949 subjects, ages 8 to 22, show how neural connections differ by gender. Male brains, top, have more connections within hemispheres (blue lines). Female brains, bottom, have more between hemispheres (orange lines).Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences/University of Pennsylvania

Researchers are looking at the variations to explain the different ways men and women respond to health issues ranging from autism, which is more common among men, and multiple sclerosis, which is more common among women, to strokes, aging and depression. “We have to find the differences first before we can try to understand them,” said Neda Jahanshad, a neurologist at USC who led the research while at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Jahanshad and her UCLA collaborators conducted a 2011 brain-imaging study of healthy twins, including 147 women and 87 men, to trace connections in the brain. She discovered “significant” sex differences in areas of the brain’s frontal lobe, which is associated with self-control, speech and decision-making.

Read the full article at http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304744304579248151866594232

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