Biologists in Chicago say that the difference between the male and female brain is greatly exaggerated

Researchers from the University of Medicine and Science named Rosalind Franklin (North Chicago, IL, USA) studied dozens of scientific papers, come concluded , that the brains of men and women are virtually identical - in particular, the popular notion that men more than women's hippocampus is untrue.

For drawing up the report, researchers looked at 76 papers, covering a total of MRI scans more than 6,000 people. In forming the conclusion scientists used a meta-analysis technique that allows you to compile data from a variety of scientific sources.

"Sex differences in the brain are extremely attractive for people looking for a simple explanation of the stereotypical differences between men and women, - says Lise Eliot [ Lise Eliot a >], Ph.D., assistant professor of the Institute (and woman). - Usually, studies with similar results have a great response, but based on a small sample. However, having examined a large amount of data, and combining the information on the study of both men and women, we find that these differences either do not exist or are minor ».

Гиппокамп - steam part of the brain, located in both hemispheres. It is believed that he is involved in the formation of emotions, and the transfer of short-term memory into long-term, as well as helping navigate in space . In the hippocampus, there are "places of neurons" is activated at the moment when the individual recognizes his position on the ground.

On the basis of the found in other studies of the differences between male and female brains are different conclusions. For example, because of the smaller size of the brain, women use it more effectively . Also, the difference in size of the hippocampus, scientists have explained the difference in the emotional behavior of men and women , and the difference in the ability < a href="">ориентироваться terrain . At the same time, there are studies that prove that possible to increase the size of the hippocampus by training as a result of which improves memory.

"Many people believe that there are" male brain "and" female brain ", - says Dr. Eliot. - But if you do not focus on the research and popularized dig deeper, you can often find that the differences between them are minimal ».

Dr. Lise Eliot knows firsthand about the brain i>

In view of the extreme complexity of the structure of the brain, scientists are still very far from understanding the mechanisms of our central nervous system. Some studies often contradict the other, so before you make far-reaching conclusions on the work of the brain, it is necessary to wait for the confirmation sound from other independent research centers.

University of Medicine and Science named Rosalind Franklin - a graduate school (master), named in honor of the English scientist-biophysics and X-ray, has been studying the structure of DNA. About two thousand students studying there issues related to biology and medicine. The university was founded in 1912.



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