Why men don’t listen – It’s the news Sybil Fawlty knew all along.
New research suggests men really do listen with only half their brains.(No surprise)
In a study of men and women, brain scans showed that, when listening, men mostly used the left sides of their brains, the region long associated with understanding language. Women in the study, however, used both sides.
Other studies have suggested that women can listen to two conversations at once.
One of the reasons may be that they have more brain devoted to it.
The study could help doctors treating stroke victims to better understand how men’s and women’s brains differ.
It suggests that in a stroke affecting the brain’s left side, women might recover language ability more quickly than men, though that remains to be proven.
In the study, functional magnetic resonance imaging – or fMRI – was used to measure brain activity by producing multidimensional images of blood flow to various parts of the brain.
Inside an MRI scanner, study participants wore headphones and listened to taped excerpts from a novel while researchers watched blood-flow images of their brains, displayed on a nearby video screen.
Listening resulted in increased blood flow in the left temporal lobes of the men’s brains.
In women, both temporal lobes showed activity.
The findings tend to support previous suggestions that women’s brains are either more bilaterally dominant or more right-side dominant in doing certain tasks than men’s.
Factual Reference : Daily Mail.
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