Monday, 14 May 2007

Did you know that every brain begins as a female brain? Scientists have proved that until eight weeks after conception, all brains are female...

In her book, "The Female Brain," Louann Brizendine explains how the female brain works, what women are thinking, and the difference in the way they process thoughts compared with the way men do. For example, a woman uses about 20,000 words a day while a man uses about 7,000. She calls the book an "owner's manual" for women, showing how the female brain sees the world differently and reacts differently than the male brain in every stage of life from newborn to old age. The book draws on her own work on hormones and emotions, as well as the past decade of discoveries in neuropsychology, neuroendocrinology and neuroscience.

Research shows that most aspects of male and female brains are similar, Brizendine says. IQs average the same, and both sexes are capable of excellence at physical, artistic and intellectual pursuits. There also are fascinating differences. In problem-solving tests, women and men may come to the same answer, although brain scans show that they use different brain circuitry to find the solution. Women tend to have faster and better fine-motor skills than men, as well as faster and broader verbal skills. Women have more neurons in the part of the brain devoted to emotions and to detecting emotions in others. In a complex situation a woman is likely to understand the overall situation better than a man, while paying attention to the emotional content and the emotional effects of the circumstances. Brizendine says that understanding women's and men's brains is important. "Brain differences do identify different strengths for women and men," she says. "Delineating these differences can enable women and men to take advantage of their strengths and understand their differences."

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