Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

men, women, gender


Men and women are different—is this news? According to a new study it is.

The nature versus nurture debate regarding what is innate about being male or female, and what is the result of environmental conditioning, is getting a fresh look because of a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.

Using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, researchers have discovered that the basic circuitry of men and women’s brains is visibly different.

Ragini Verma, Associate Professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Radiology, is one of the study's co-authors. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her findings. 


Ragini Verma

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Ed from Boston

It was not known if the difference was environment or biology. This is to be determined. I wonder if the same tests were done on gay and lesbian subjects if it world shed any light on this question.

Dec. 04 2013 05:42 PM
Ed from Larchmont

"And he made them male and female ..."

Dec. 04 2013 03:31 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Different parts of the world will have different results related to the super highway that is our brain and the different roads men and women travel on.

I wonder if our social world creates traffic jams in the wiring of the brain, for both men and women. I wonder if we are monitored by epigenetic motorcycle cops who catch up to people and ticket them in order to remind them how they are supposed to behave.

In other words, who we are all kept in check by the envelope which delivers the DNA in the first place. This is all gonna change in a generation. We'll take the ticket from the cop, in order to get to our destination quicker.

Dec. 04 2013 02:07 PM

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