AirTalk for December 3, 2013

Significant brain-scan study illuminates differences in male and female brains

The Real Brain Exhibit @Bristol Science Centre

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A new study finds that gender plays a big role in how the human brain is hard-wired.

According to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, gender plays a big role in how the brain is hard-wired.

The study, "Sex differences in the structural connectome of the human brain," found that male brains exhibit stronger ties between action and perception, while female brains show more a more robust connection between reasoning and intuition.

The study has a sample size of close to 1,000 adolescents and young adults. The results could contribute to our understanding on how to treat certain neurological disorders like autism or alzheimer’s, which tend to affect one sex more than the other.

Guest:
Ragini Verma, Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and the lead author of the study.


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