Skip to comments.It's Partly in Your Head - Sandra Witelson on how male and female brains differ
Posted on 04/13/2011 9:23:54 AM PDT by neverdem
Sandra Witelson has spent much of her career studying the relationship between brain structure and function, and the differences in these between men and women.
A neuroscientist from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Dr. Witelson has assembled a massive collection of brains for research and is known for studying Albert Einstein's brain and what made it unique.
She sat down with The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Blumenstein to discuss how brain differences can affect the skills, behavior, thinking and aspirations of men and women, and how that might relate to their careers.
Here are edited excerpts of their conversation.
A Language Advantage
MS. BLUMENSTEIN: You have found significant differences between male and female brains. Could you explain what those are?
DR. WITELSON: The very first one that I reported [in a 1976 paper] was that when a young boy is doing things relevant for reading, he is using one side of his brain. He uses the other side for nonreading skills. In a girl, there is much more of a bilateral involvement in these skills. So, in the normal six-year-old, the brain is organized to do the same task, but it's organized in a very different way.
MS. BLUMENSTEIN: Could you go a little bit more deeply into the innate differences? When we spoke earlier, you had said that there's a finding that there are 12% more brain cells in the female brain.
DR. WITELSON: Some of you may know that there is a structure called the corpus callosum. It is the big highway track between the left and the right hemispheres. What we were able to show is that there is a part of this corpus callosum that is larger in women in the back part of the brain...
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Yes, but does she have the brain of Hans Delbruck?
Ain’t that the truth!
Someone removed most of the knobs on the woman panel.
the male brain has that Instant Override switch in the groin
(seen it with too many of my co-workers)
Left handed men have the best of both worlds. A larger corpus callosum so both sides can communicate better, not as much a female brain, but more than a typical male brain.
The mystery moods and behaviors portion of the illustration of the female brain is way too small.
Those knobs have labels, level indicators, and on most of them you can tell which way the knob is pointing.
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Fortunately, science will soon prove that in all respects, women’s brains are superior to men’s. Also, the silly notion that men, on average, are taller, run faster and jump higher than women is a myth perpetrated by patriarchal Christian troglodytes.
Yep. And DR. Witelson vindicates him in the article.
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My ex always said it is easy to tell the difference.
Women only have half a brain.
And that is why he is an ex. LOL
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