Are there really any difference between a man’s brain and women’s brain? This is what a group of researchers from Tel Aviv intended to ascertain. Their study revealed that the human brain is neither pure male nor pure female. Instead, the human brain possesses both male and female traits.
Thus, the Israeli researchers came to the conclusion that the old theory, stating that the brain can be easily and unmistakably divided into two genders, is wrong. In order to arrive at these conclusions, the team of researchers had to conduct extensive research into the brain’s morphology. Their study mainly focused on how the brain actually looked like in both sexes, disregarding physiological aspects. Thus, the team managed to take approximately 1500 MRI scans. As said, the scans were focused on anatomical aspects.
After performing the scans, the doctors began to attribute each zone, in both brains, a specific score. They were looking for difference in tissue formation, brain volume and hemisphere formation. The end results showed that there were virtually no differences between a man’s and woman’s brain. Their score board featured three major aspects: to ascertain if there is a predominantly female zone, a predominantly male zone or a neutral zone. Basically, the study underlined the fact that there is no anatomical differences between male and female brain.
According to their statistics, in only 6 percent of all cases, the brains would demonstrate traits consisted with one of the three designated areas. As for the rest, the scientists prove that all of them are showing both male and female traits. So the theory suggesting that some brains are capable of exhibiting both male and female traits at the same time, is quite plausible.
Before performing their analysis, the team of scientists looked upon two studies conducted in, basically, the same manner as their own. But, rather than focusing on the brain’s morphology, their colleagues took into account a psychological aspect. Both studies came back with the same result: the human brain cannot be successfully divided into male or female. Each brain possess traits from both genders.
But there are a couple of voices from the scientific community that are not at all pleased with the researcher’s conclusions. Larry Cahill, a neuroscientists working for the University of California, declared that the results are indeed interesting, but they are lacking a certain nuance. He said, instead of focusing on the anatomical aspect, the Israeli researchers should take into account other parameters. Because, as Cahill said, there is indeed a significant difference of how are our brains our wired, depending on our gender. Moreover these affirmations were backed up by a series of studies conducted on mammal brains.