Study Finds This to Be True About the "Male" and "Female" Brain

Study Finds This to Be True About the "Male" and "Female" Brain


Nov 3, 2015

The age-old debate over the difference between the "male" and "female" brain has been debunked.

A new study conducted by neuroscientist Lisa Eliot at Rosalina Frank University of Medicine and Science found that there are "minimal differences" between the male and female brain.

According to Wired, it was previously believed that that the hippocampus, the area of the brain often linked to short and long term and connecting the emotions to the senses, was larger in females — which may have explained the stereotype that women are more emotional than men.

But according to Eliot's analysis of 6,000 MRI scans, she found "no significant difference in the hippocampal size between men and women."

The study also debunked other myths about differences between men and women.

"Sex differences in the brain are irresistible to those looking to explain stereotypic differences between men and women," said Eliot.

"And they often make a big splash. But as we explore multiple data sets and are able to coalesce very large samples of males and females, we find these differences often disappear or are trivial. Many people believe there is such a thing as a 'male brain' and a 'female brain.' But when you look beyond the popularized studies — at collections of all the data — you often find that the differences are minimal."

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