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It's Partly in Your Head - Sandra Witelson on how male and female brains differ
Wall Street Journal ^ | Aprill 11, 2011 | Rebecca Blumenstein

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: neurology; neuroscience; sex; sexdifferences
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1 posted on 04/13/2011 9:23:57 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

2 posted on 04/13/2011 9:26:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: neverdem
This analysis doesn't account for people like me, whose brains are cobbled together from two left halves.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
3 posted on 04/13/2011 9:28:59 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: neverdem
Men are men, women are women. We are different. Who the heck needs a scientific study to state so?
4 posted on 04/13/2011 9:29:57 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (“Too often, Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep"...RUN SARAH RUN!!)
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To: neverdem

Yes, but does she have the brain of Hans Delbruck?


5 posted on 04/13/2011 9:38:16 AM PDT by PENANCE
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To: neverdem

6 posted on 04/13/2011 9:38:29 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Ain’t that the truth!


7 posted on 04/13/2011 9:39:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Someone removed most of the knobs on the woman panel.


8 posted on 04/13/2011 9:42:52 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (I'm tired of politicians! Trump for POTUS!)
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To: neverdem

the male brain has that Instant Override switch in the groin
(seen it with too many of my co-workers)


9 posted on 04/13/2011 10:00:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: neverdem

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.


10 posted on 04/13/2011 10:07:50 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: neverdem
The sex portion of the illustration of the male brain is too small.

The mystery moods and behaviors portion of the illustration of the female brain is way too small.

11 posted on 04/13/2011 10:07:56 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: neverdem
People are (supposedly)starving and these people still spending big money to figure out the difference between men and women.

To paraphrase Will Stockdale (young Andy Griffith) in "No Time For Sergeants"...

Why shucks ma'am, I know'd you wuz a woman right off..."


12 posted on 04/13/2011 10:13:27 AM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Disagree.

Those knobs have labels, level indicators, and on most of them you can tell which way the knob is pointing.


13 posted on 04/13/2011 10:22:13 AM PDT by Domalais
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I'm glad that it was a female neuroscientist making those comments on "how male and female brains differ," in the Wall Street Journal than a male.

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14 posted on 04/13/2011 10:20:01 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

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.


15 posted on 04/13/2011 11:12:07 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: neverdem
*** Larry Summers should have stayed at Harvard. ***

Yep. And DR. Witelson vindicates him in the article.

16 posted on 04/14/2011 4:30:46 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: neverdem

THX THX.

IMPORTANT ISSUES!


17 posted on 04/14/2011 7:04:29 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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18 posted on 04/14/2011 6:42:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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19 posted on 04/14/2011 6:43:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: neverdem

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


20 posted on 04/14/2011 6:48:11 PM PDT by dforest
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To: SunkenCiv

ROFLMBO! They killed each others characters. No wonder about the divorce rate.


21 posted on 04/15/2011 2:19:41 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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22 posted on 04/15/2011 4:55:19 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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