The differences between male and female brains were studied by comparing 46,000 SPECT imaging studies, from 9 different service providers. The study revealed significant differences between the male and the female brain. This study was conducted by Dr. Daniel G Amen, the founder of Amen Clinics.
SPECT (single photon emission computerized tomography) is a neuroimaging technique that can visualize the blood flow through certain regions in the brains under study. Thus differences in blood flow when the brain is at rest or while undertaking various cognitive tasks can be observed, recorded and quantified.
The female brains in the review were drastically more productive in many more areas of the brain than men, especially in the prefrontal lobe, a part of the brain responsible for focus and impulse control, and the limbic area of the brain, responsible for stress and anxiety and changes in mood. The visual and coordination centers of the human brain were found to be more active in men.
Subjects included 119 volunteers and 26, 683 patients suffering from a variety of psychiatric conditions like brain injury, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, schizophrenia/psychotic disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Understanding these variations is crucial because mental disorders influence men and women in different ways. Females have a noticeably higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, major depressive disorder (risk factor to get Alzheimer’s disease), and anxiety disorders, while more men suffer from ADHD, conduct-related challenges, and antisocial personality disorder.
These findings of increased prefrontal cortex blood flow in females compared to males may clarify why women of all ages tend to be much better than their male counterparts in the parts of empathy, pure intuition, collaboration, self-control, and concern. The Increased blood circulation in limbic areas of the brains of women, may explain as to why women tend to be vulnerable to nervousness, which could partially explain why women are more susceptible to anxiety likewise, sadness, insomnia, and eating disorders.
Seems like women are superior to men! At least in the head! Themyscira, anyone?