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Men vs. Women: Who is More Intelligent?

Finally an answer to the age old question of brains and intelligence between the battle of the sexes. Read on to find out who wins…

Intelligence: Men Vs Women

Believe it or not, there are substantial differences between the male and female brain. For instance, men have 4% more brain cells than women do and approximately 100 grams more brain tissue. For those males now rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of having superior IQ’s to that of women, alas, women have more dentritic connections (these enable brain signals to be sent more quickly).

It is documented that women have a larger Corpus Collosum than men, which means they can transfer data more quickly between left and right brain hemispheres. Men tend to rely on the left side of their brain, whereas women tend to use both sides equally.

Primarily, the brain is made up of grey matter and white matter. Studies have revealed that men think more with their grey matter and women with white. Gray matter can be associated with information processing centres and white matter is a conduit to network processing centres. Researchers have stressed that just because the sexes think differently this doesn’t actually interfere with intellectual ability. Interestingly, most males have 6.5 times the amount of gray matter than females, yet most females have 10 times the amount of white matter than males.

This may help explain why men excel at subjects such as maths, whilst women tend to be better at languages. So whilst men and women use very different neurological pathways and parts of the brain, they perform equally in most broad measured IQ tests.

The most dominant hemisphere for men is usually language control on the left side, but more and more women seem to be able to use both sides of their brain for speech and language abilities. In the case of a stroke, this can give females marked advantages. If a man has a stroke on the left side of their brain they are less likely to be able to recover their speech than if a woman was to suffer the same affliction. However the situation is reversed if there is a blood clot in the frontal lobe of a woman’s brain, as most of her white and grey matter (85%) is located there, whereas men have considerably less than half this amount in their frontal lobe.

Females have larger limbic system on average, than that of males. The limbic system involves bonding instincts. This is why women find themselves more in touch with their emotions than men and are generally able to better express themselves. Women have an increased ability to bond with children than that of men, which is why they are normally the primary caretakers of children. Notably, there is no society that favours men over women as the primary caregiver for children.

This larger limbic system does have its disadvantages, however.  It leaves women more susceptible to feeling down and depressed and women are three times more likely to commit suicide than their male counterparts. Interestingly enough, men actually kill themselves three times more than women, mainly because they use more aggressive and lethal means to accomplish the task. Women most often will take an overdose of pills, which if caught early enough can be remedied, unlike men who often hang or shoot themselves.

Ultimately, these findings suggest that evolution has created two completely different brains which can be utilised for equally intelligent behaviour.

Sources: http://www.doctorhugo.org/brain4.html, http://www.livescience.com/3808-men-women-differently.html

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  1. Angelgirlpj

    On May 31, 2011 at 10:02 pm


    Great information. I’ve often thought women, well most women, had more common sense too. Although there is always some that break the rule.

  2. SharifaMcFarlane

    On May 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm


    Do women recover better after a stroke?

  3. webseowriters

    On May 31, 2011 at 11:26 pm


    Thanks 4 such a useful share

  4. sandynpj

    On May 31, 2011 at 11:27 pm


  5. anitismo

    On May 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm


    ok. interesting,,,

  6. The Quail 1957

    On June 1, 2011 at 12:33 am


    This reminds me of the fox and the hen in some ways. I agree that woman may be smarter then some men. But I also find this paradoxical in other ways too. Some of us males do use both sides of our brains. Smiles.

    Excellent article!

  7. lapasan

    On June 1, 2011 at 12:56 am


    enlightening article about the brain of men and women. i think that in general men and women are equal in intelligence.

  8. Lynn Hollis

    On June 1, 2011 at 2:32 am


    Good article. I liked hearing the scientific explanation of how the brain functions of men and women differ. But whether men, women, white matter, grey matter, right or left brain – we learn to use what we’ve got… to do what we need to do. :-)

  9. Dreamy777

    On June 1, 2011 at 4:08 am


    nice work like it

  10. KittyK

    On June 1, 2011 at 5:37 am


    This is always a very debated topic and you have provided a skillful outline and description of how our brains do work.

  11. Macherie

    On June 1, 2011 at 6:11 am


    aww.. the feminist in me would have loved the answer women..lol

  12. arielcnacion

    On June 1, 2011 at 7:49 am


    well, what could i say? go on with your side,. lol

  13. Starpisces

    On June 1, 2011 at 10:23 am


    hehe.. so women brain are cheaper as used more is it?

  14. vijayanths

    On June 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm


    useful info.

  15. Ruby Hawk

    On June 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm


    I don’t believe one is more intelligent than the other. I think we have different areas of intelligence.

  16. jennifer eiffel01

    On June 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm


    i agree with Ruby. Daddy knew any question I asked him. But yet he had the worse grammar.
    Great article!

  17. galore

    On June 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm


    This is great to know that man has more tissues and more brain cells than woman, that’s enough for me, man has more brain may be in weight, but still has more than woman

  18. Peace Poet

    On June 2, 2011 at 2:31 am


    This is a very thought-provoking debate still unresolved. this is a very impressive article about finding the answer to this enigmatic query.

  19. Steve Weitzner

    On June 2, 2011 at 7:10 am


    Good article.

  20. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On June 2, 2011 at 8:49 am


    That’s very interesting.

  21. juliachild

    On June 2, 2011 at 11:18 am


    good work

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    On June 3, 2011 at 2:49 am


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  23. Ima Vee

    On June 3, 2011 at 4:41 am


    Well research anne… excellent share…

  24. JoniJones

    On June 4, 2011 at 6:03 am


    I like it, great info

  25. Emancipation

    On June 4, 2011 at 8:06 am


    Behave yourself – men are – of course! ;-)

  26. martie

    On June 11, 2011 at 11:11 am


    being a woman I’d tend to agree with your article

  27. lonelyplanet

    On June 23, 2011 at 2:06 am


    Its a debatable issue who is more intelligent.

  28. Melody SJAL

    On June 24, 2011 at 8:25 am


    I certainly find this info very interesting.

  29. reiny

    On June 27, 2011 at 1:32 am


    I think men and women have their own uniquely, thanks for share

  30. kanivel

    On June 28, 2011 at 2:15 am


    Wow! What a nice piece of information this is! You are a good specimen to prove your own arguement, ann. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Mystical Whitewolf

    On July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm


    I have always said ‘Women are Smarter’, we get the men to do what they do not want to do lol
    All joking aside, we all have our own unique abilities and we are as smart as ‘We’ allow ourselves to be, the only one holding any of us back is ‘Ourselves’.
    That said I will always say I am smart than the old man lol

  32. Cassle Tang

    On July 22, 2011 at 3:02 am


    Very interesting scientific reasons behind men versus women’s brain. Yeah, each of them has specific advantages and disadvantages, though.. Thanks for the complete explanation.

  33. CA Johnson

    On July 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm


    This is very interesting. I never knew that men and women’s brains were different. Thanks for sharing.

  34. UncleSammy

    On August 22, 2011 at 10:16 am


    Thanks for sharing – but Its MEN

  35. Thespeakman

    On November 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm


    I was going to say that Men are smarter, but the Missus said don’t be so stupid and be kind to the nice writer lady

  36. lizzard

    On January 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm


    Nice article.

  37. mohitraj321

    On February 23, 2012 at 10:33 am


    good article thanks for share

  38. King Gabriel Quincy Collymore

    On March 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm


    Sweet, who is better, Spirit or Spirit :) !!!

  39. Purnomosidhi

    On April 7, 2012 at 11:36 am


    Usully, woman learns language better then man because woman’s corpus calossum which connects left and right brain is more elastic.

  40. afaceristonline

    On November 16, 2012 at 10:49 am


    Very good work succes

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