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From “Who says a Woman Can’t be Einstein?” by Amanda Ripley, Nadia Mustafa, Deirdre van Dyk, and Ulla Plon which appeared in Time , 3/7/2005 Function over Form Scientists have been looking for sex differences in the brain since they have been looking at the brain. Many bold decrees have been issued. In the 19 th century, the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fivers that connects the two hemispheres of the brain, was considered key to intellectual development. Accordingly, it was said to have a greater surface area in men. Then, in the 1980’s, we were told that no, it is larger in women—and that explains why the emotional right side of women’s brains is more in touch wit the analytical left side. Aha. That theory has since been discredited, and scientists remain at odds over who has the biggest and what it might mean. Stay tuned for more breaking news. But most studies agree that men’s brains are about 10% bigger than women’s brains overall. Even when the comparison is adjusted for the fact that men are, on average, 8% taller than women, men’s brains are still slightly bigger. But size does not predict intellectual performance, as was once thought. Men and women perform similarly on IQ tests. And most scientists still cannot tell male and female brains apart just by looking at them. Recently, scientists have begun to move away from the obsession with size. Thanks to new brain-imaging technology, researchers can get a good look at the living brain as it
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course LEARNING L 110 taught by Professor Afrancis during the Spring '11 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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