Sunday, August 26, 2007

Male vs Female

Scientists don't know everything about the brain and I know very little about it but a book at the library caught my attention. It's entitled, "The Female Brain" written by Louann Brizendine MD. It is chock full of interesting information.

For instance, did you know that all brains start out as female brains? It's true. At 8 weeks gestation if a fetus will be a male several things will happen in the brain. It will be flooded with testosterone which kills some cells in the area responsible for communication and reduces the hearing cortex. By growing more cells in the part of the brain that processes sex, it makes it twice as large as in females. In the male brain, the most primitive part of the brain, the amygadala, men have larger processors where fear is recognized and aggression is triggered.

A female brain is outstanding in verbal agility, women use more adjectives when they speak and write. It has a greater ability to connect deeply in friendships. It can read faces, tone of voice and cues for emotions making it good at defusing conflict. The communication center is bigger and emotional memory is better. This all comes down to the female hormones.

In the areas of sex, male brains are more endowed in this area. Men and women have the same hormone that triggers sexual desire called androgen testosterone. The difference being that men have 10 to 100 times more of this hormone. It works the same way in both sexes by turning on the hypothalamus, lighting the fire with erotic feelings, triggering fantasies and physical feeling in the erogenous zones. According to research, men think about sex every 52 seconds (really guys?!) while most women think about it once a day, on fertile days as many as 3 or 4. Of course everyone is different depending on how much androgen testosterone they produce.

So women, when your men don't seem to hear you when speak or don't communicate well, blame it on their brains. And as for men, when your women don't feel sexy at the drop of a hat, blame it on their brains.