This Just In: Women Are Not From Venus, and Men Are Not From Mars
A new study finds that there is no difference between the male and female brains — they are a mixture of both genders.
A group of scientists led by psychologist Daphna Joel of Tel-Aviv University examined brain scans of more than 1,400 men and women to examine the parts of the brain that were believed to have been more common in one sex than the other.
In their analysis they measured different characteristics of the brain, such as the size, and found that brains are not simply male or female but are rather a unique "mosaic" of these features.
"What we show is that there are multiple ways to be male and female, there is not one way, and most of these ways are completely overlapping," Joel said.
According to The Guardian, the scientists found the percentage of "internally consistent brains," in which all regions were at the male-end or all at the female-end, varied from zero to 8 percent, while those with both male-end and female-end features ranged from 23 percent to 53 percent.
"We show there are differences, but brains do not come in male and female forms. The differences you see are differences between averages. Each one of us is a unique mosaic," Joel said.
"Sex affects the brain but how it affects the brain depends on other factors. The effects of sex can be different and even opposite under different conditions. This is why you can be highly masculine on one feature but highly feminine on another feature. We have to treat each person according to what he or she is and not according to the form of their genitals."
So it turns out, women are not from Venus and men are not from Mars after all.
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