Posted by shellie on February 17, 2001, at 14:04:33
In reply to Re: gender differences and depression, posted by SLS on February 17, 2001, at 12:51:37
> Yes, there are striking differences in the brains of male versus female. It seems to me that females must be smarter, for their corpus collosum bridging the two cerebral hemispheres is larger. They might have access to a greater number of otherwise unilaterally located skills and reasoning matrices, thus "a woman's intuition". I think woman can often see the whole picture rather than simply following a linear addition of the sum of its parts.
Hey Scott. Actually the women on the board may attack me for this. But I wonder this:because the cerebral hemisphere in males is smaller, perhaps that is why there are so many more male "geniuses" in different fields--that they are so focused on one side of the brain (Einstein, Monet, Tolstoy, etc.) that they have the advantage of more focus and energy in one specific area. So I agree that women have much more of an overall view, but that helps in some areas and hurts in others.
I also recognize that environment plays some role, but the more brain work that is done, the more evidence there is for genetic differences. In the same program, they did a study on toys children prefer. Boys chose to play with trucks,legos etc., while girls played with dolls and doll houses. Books were gender neutral. But the fascinating part of the study was that they included a group of girls born with a specific condition in which they had much more testosterone than is normal for girls. These girls significantly chose to play with trucks, etc. also. So there goes the environmental factor theory.
Actually, this should be under social psychobabble, but....