He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states Read More Two recent studies came up with some interesting results that may seem obvious but I believe are important in confirming what we know and that is important. One study found that there really are differences in the brains of men and women.
Jun 16th, By Amber Hensley The differences between women and men are not only well-documented, but frequently at the heart of jokes, anecdotes, and good-natured and not so good-natured ribbing.
Women tend to communicate more effectively than men, focusing on how to create a solution that works for the group, talking through issues, and utilizes non-verbal cues such as tone, emotion, and empathy whereas men tend to be more task-oriented, less talkative, and more isolated. Men have a more difficult time understanding emotions that are not explicitly verbalized, while women tend to intuit emotions and emotional cues.
These differences explain why men and women sometimes have difficulty communicating and why men-to-men friendships look different from friendships among women. Men tend to process better in the left hemisphere of the brain while women tend to process equally well between the two hemispheres.
This difference explains why men are generally stronger with left-brain activities and approach problem-solving from a task-oriented perspective while women typically solve problems more creatively and are more aware of feelings while communicating.
An area of the brain called the inferior-parietal lobule IPL is typically significantly larger in menespecially on the left side, than in women.
This section of the brain is thought to control mental mathematical ability, and probably explains why men frequently perform higher in mathematical tasks than do women. The IPL also processes sensory information, and the larger right side in women allows them to focus on, "specific stimuli, such as a baby crying in the night.
Men tend to have a "fight or flight" response to stress situations while women seem to approach these situations with a "tend and befriend" strategy. Taylor coined the phrase "tend and befriend" after recognizing that during times of stress women take care of themselves and their children tending and form strong group bonds befriending.
The reason for these different reactions to stress is rooted in hormones. The hormone oxytocin is released during stress in everyone.
However, estrogen tends to enhance oxytocin resulting in calming and nurturing feelings whereas testosterone, which men produce in high levels during stress, reduces the effects of oxytocin. Two sections of the brain responsible for language were found to be larger in women than in men, indicating one reason that women typically excel in language-based subjects and in language-associated thinking.
Additionally, men typically only process language in their dominant hemisphere, whereas women process language in both hemispheres. This difference offers a bit of protection in case of a stroke. Women may be able to recover more fully from a stroke affecting the language areas in the brain while men may not have this same advantage.
Women typically have a larger deep limbic system than men, which allows them to be more in touch with their feelings and better able to express them, which promotes bonding with others. Because of this ability to connect, more women serve as caregivers for children.
This size difference has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence, but is explained by the difference in physical size between men and women.
Men need more neurons to control their greater muscle mass and larger body size, thus generally have a larger brain. Men and women perceive pain differently. In studies, women require more morphine than men to reach the same level of pain reduction. Women are also more likely to vocalize their pain and to seek treatment for their pain than are men.
The area of the brain that is activated during pain is the amygdala, and researchers have discovered that in men, the right amygdala is activated and in women, the left amygdala is activated. The right amygdala has more connections with areas of the brain that control external functions while the right amygdala has more connections with internal functions.
This difference probably explains why women perceive pain more intensely than do men. Men typically have stronger spatial abilities, or being able to mentally represent a shape and its dynamics, whereas women typically struggle in this area.
Medical experts have discovered that women have a thicker parietal region of the brain, which hinders the ability to mentally rotate objects—an aspect of spatial ability. Research has shown this ability in babies as young as 5 months oldnegating any ideas that these abilities were strengthened by environmental influences.
Because of the way men and women use the two hemispheres of the brain differently, there are some disorders that men and women are susceptible to in different ways.
Men are more apt to have dyslexia or other language problems.Men vs. Women: Differences in Shopping Habits & Buying Decisions. By Michael Lewis As a consequence, women are generally better at identifying and controlling their emotions, while men are more task-focused.
These differences enable researchers to attract particular shoppers by aligning marketing messages. Whenever I asked couples to list their needs according to what they needed most, men would list them one way and women the opposite way.
Of the 10 emotional needs, the five listed as most important by men were usually the five least important for women, and vice-versa. Jan 25, · The researchers exposed 3, test participants to images of emotional content, finding that women rated these images as more emotionally stimulating than men.
Both men and women attributed women's emotional expressions more to their emotional nature and men's to the situation—despite being given situational information to explain every face.
The. Men have a more difficult time understanding emotions that are not explicitly verbalized, while women tend to intuit emotions and emotional cues. These differences explain why men and women sometimes have difficulty communicating and why men-to-men friendships look different from friendships among women.
“Men Buy, Women Shop” also found that women are more likely to experience problems while shopping than men — 53% vs. 48%, with women over age 40 reporting more problems than men in the same.