Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Scientist Argues Difference Between Men & Women's Brains

Do you believe that there's a difference between the brains and physiology of men and women? If you do, then depending on who you ask, you could be sexist, smart or dead wrong.

According to neuropsychiartist Louann Brizendine of San Francisco's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, you'd be wise to believe that a difference exists between the minds of men and women,
reports the July 31st edition of Newsweek.

In her new book, "The Female Brain," Brizendine argues that women's hormones and unique brain structure have a strong influence over their behavior. Said Brizendine, "I believe that women actually perceive the world differently than men. If women attend to those differences, they can make better decisions about how to manage their lives."

But her findings, based on decades of psychiatric experience and the research of other scientists, are not without controversy. Opposing scientists maintain that there is "close to zero" difference between the sexes.

However, Brizidine's critics some convincing facts to contend with. For example, "women have 11 percent more neurons in the area of the brain devoted to emotions and memory," and, "because they have more 'mirror neurons' they are also better at observing emotions in others," Brizendine told Newsweek.

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