By FALMATA MUSTAPHA
A new study has revealed the brains of women could be significantly more active in certain areas than men.
The findings could suggest why women tend to exhibit greater strengths in the areas of empathy, self-control and intuition.
The study by experts in California compared 46,000 brain scans from nine clinics and more than 26,000 patients, and analysed the differences between men and women’s brains.
Experts found the brains of women in the study significantly more active in more areas of the brain than men, especially in one particular part.
A total of 128 brain regions were analysed while patients were resting and while performing a task where they needed to concentrate.
The scans from the participants – called SPECT scans can measure the flow of blood in the brain.
Certain tasks showed different blood flow in certain areas.
Experts found there was increased prefrontal cortex blood flow in women compared to men – an area which linked to complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behavior.
The pre frontal cortex is the part of the brain which is linked to focus and impulse control and the emotional areas of the brain involved with mood and anxiety.
Daniel Amen, founder of Amen Clinics, and lead author of the study said: “This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences.
“The quantifiable differences we identified between men and women are important for understanding gender-based risk for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
“Using functional neuroimaging tools, such as SPECT, are essential to developing precision medicine brain treatments in the future.”
However the results could also help explain why women are more likely to have anxiety, depression, insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease and eating disorders.
The experts also said men have higher rates of conduct related problems and incarceration.
Dr George Perry is editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dean of the College of Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
He said: “Precisely defining the physiological and structural basis of gender differences in brain function will illuminate Alzheimer’s disease and understanding our partners.”
The study was published in the Journal Alzheimer’s disease.
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