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Men, women use brain differently: Study

The study reportedly forms the basis for understanding early developmental preferences in boys and girls.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2006 13:06 IST

Men and women use their brain differently while doing the same task, says a new study.

Amy Clements of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and other researchers evaluated the brain utilisation patterns of 15 men and 15 women and found that they used different parts of their brains to come up with the same answer of the given task.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) the researchers found that male and female participants performed equally on tasks, both in terms of accuracy and timing but they just used different parts of their brains to get the tasks done, reported the online edition of health magazine WebMD.

Women showed more bilateral activation of a brain region during the language tasks than the males, who were more lateralised to the left side of their brain.

Meanwhile, the opposite was true during the visual-spatial task with men showing more bilateral activation in another area while processing visual information than females, who were more lateralized to the right side.

"This study forms the basis for understanding early developmental preferences that may differ between boys and girls," says Clements.

Researchers say there are often significant gender differences in intellectual developmental disabilities, and understanding gender differences in normally functioning brains can help them understand what may go wrong during development.

"Future studies based on these findings may help illuminate more about improved special and mainstream education techniques for males and females," Clements said.

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