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16-COGS11-His Brain, Her Brain

16-COGS11-His Brain, Her Brain - His Brain Her Brain Mary...

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His Brain , Her Brain Mary ET Boyle, Ph. D. Department of Cognitive Science CS UCSD
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Cerebral Cortex, 2001
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Parts of the frontal and limbic cortices are bulkier in women than in men. The size differences, are relative: they refer to the overall volume of the structure relative to the overall volume of the brain. d l In men , parts of the parietal cortex, and the amygdala are bigger than in women.
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Women possess a greater density of neurons in parts of the temporal lobe cortex associated with language processing and comprehension. The question for neuroscientists is to explore whether sex differences in neuron number correlate with differences in cognitive abilities— the boost in density in the female auditory cortex relates to women’s enhanced performance on tests of verbal fluency.
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Sex hormones that bathe the fetal brain direct the organization and wiring of the brain during development. The brain areas that differ between men and women are ones that in animals contain the highest number of sex hormone receptors during development.
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Examples of a female and a male animal contacting toys.
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