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Brains of men and women are structurally and functionally different: Neuro-scientific studies
Researches of the last few decades in the area of neuro-science inform that the gender differences among human beings lie in their brains.

Of late, neuro-scientists have been studying differences in the brain characteristics of men and women intensively and suggest that the brains of the two genders are hardwired differently.

A few studies in the brain morphology and functions of the two sexes indicate that male and female brains cannot be assumed to be identical from structural or functional points of view.

However, the biological and psychological sex differences seem to be sharp due to differences in reproductive systems and the interaction of genes, hormones and social learning over the ages.

Regarding the brain differences, a good number of scientists and experts note that neural sexual dimorphisms in humans exist only as averages because of continuum of overlapping variabilities as the case with the different aspects of life sciences.

It has been observed that some of the differences in the brain structures of men and women even exist at the physical level besides how the brains have been hard-wired for the two sexes.

Some of the main differences between the brains of men and women, as revealed by the researches, are as follows:

  • Women's brain is 10 per cent larger than that of men.

  • Women's brain has about 11 per cent more brain cells in the cerebral cortex.

  • Neural pathways between the two hemispheres of the brain of women are far more active than men's.

Many feminist pedagogues subscribe for the view that these differences of the brains of men and women have educational implications. Due to these differences, women's brain is linguistically and emotionally more developed.

Therefore, the institutions must use the right kind of learning approaches for girls to learn well. They also say that what is educationally good for girls is also equally good for boys but not the other way round.

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