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January 23, 2005

Stop The Presses! Men And Women Are Different!

Intelligence may be more of a gray matter for men and a white matter for women, according to a new study.

Researchers found major differences in the amount of gray and white matter in the brains of men and women of the same intelligence, suggesting that men and women may derive their intelligence in different ways.

Researchers say white and gray matter are both necessary for general intelligence, but they perform different functions. Gray matter represents information processing centers in the brain, and white matter represents the network or connections between those processing centers.

Researchers say white and gray matter are both necessary for general intelligence, but they perform different functions. Gray matter represents information processing centers in the brain, and white matter represents the network or connections between those processing centers.

In the study, researchers studied brain scans of men and women who had identical IQ (intelligence quotient, a measure of intelligence) scores.

Overall, the results showed that men had approximately 6.5 times the amount of gray matter in areas related to general intelligence than women. Meanwhile, women had nearly 10 times the amount of white matter in areas related to intelligence than men.

They say the findings may help explain why men tend to excel at tasks that require more local processing, such as mathematics, while women tend to excel at integrating information, a skill used in language.

But despite these differences in brain pathways and activity centers, researchers say men and women perform equally on broad measures of intelligence, such as IQ tests.

Posted by Cassandra at January 23, 2005 09:51 AM

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When primordial man gave up the "Shopping Gene" it allowed more CPU space in the cranium.......not being able to tell the difference between lilac and purple was a small price to pay.

Greg

Posted by: Greg at January 23, 2005 10:54 AM

So men have a cutting edge fast pentium processer but not much RAM and dial up.

Women have an older slower version of a processer but have plenty of memory, (they never forget anything) and they have broadband, or at least DSL.

Posted by: Pile OnĀ® at January 23, 2005 11:01 AM

I understand that there`s also some physical differences.

I can`t say I hate being right all the time but it`s a heavy burden.

Posted by: Joatmoaf at January 23, 2005 12:02 PM

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