In modern times, no one refers to women as the weaker sex. They’re stronger, healthier, more powerful and more successful than ever before. But are they more intelligent than men? What are the differences in brain size between boys and girls? For people who love comparisons, there is some interesting scientific news recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
It’s true that head size correlates statistically with intelligence, and men’s heads, like their bodies, are bigger than women’s. Women’s brains are, on average, slightly smaller than men’s but this reflects their smaller body size. Recent studies suggest that women have the same number of brain cells, just crammed into a smaller space.
Psychology tests show that women are as intelligent as men, they score equally on intelligence tests. But there is a difference. Women have a higher proportion of gray matter, the brain cells responsible for computation. On the other hand, men have a greater amount of white matter, which manages communications among cells.
The gray/white variation also helps to explain why men and women tend to excel at different cognitive tasks. Women are usually more skillful verbally, they are better at verbal and language abilities, while men are usually better at tasks that involve spatial skills, like mathematics and physics.
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