Brain imaging study shows major difference between neural wiring in men and women

A brain imaging study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found significant differences in the way that men's and women's brains are wired.

In the study, carried out at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, 521 females and 426 males underwent diffusion tension imaging that found that there is a greater degree of neural connectivity from front to back within one hemisphere of men's brain, indicating they are wired to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action. Women's brains, on the other hand, are wired to facilitate communication between analysis and intuition.

"These maps show us a stark difference--and complementarity--in the architecture of the human brain that helps provide a potential neural basis as to why men excel at certain tasks and women at others," Ragini Verma, a radiology department professor at Perelman who worked on the study, said. Article

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