Sunday, February 20, 2005

This Is Your Brain on Hormones

For DrPat:

Your Brain is 33.33% Female, 66.67% Male

You have a total boy brain

Logical and detailed, you tend to look at the facts

And while your emotions do sway you sometimes...

You never like to get feelings too involved

There are several books that cover the measured (and interpreted or statistical) differences in performance between male and female when doing intellectual or technical tasks.

The test above may have been influenced by the treatise by Mohr and Jessel (Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women), who developed a quiz to determine the extent of male/female characteristic in the brain, based on responses to questions or situational decisions. Their book is a balanced mix of technical and accessible:
For the nonscientist, they translate considerable research into the structural and organizational differences between male and female brains, demonstrating how these differences make men more aggressive and competitive and better at skills that require spatial ability and mathematical reasoning, and women more sensitive to nuances of expression and gesture, more adept at judging character. Women, it seems, are more people-oriented than men, who are more interested in things... denying gender differences means ignoring their value.
Baron-Cohen (The Essential Difference: The Truth about the Male and Female Brain) also finds evidence in the statistical results, as well as from his studies of predominantly-male disorders (characterized as "the male brain type taken to the extreme"): autism and Aspergers Syndrome.
Men have a tendency to analyze and construct systems while women are inclined to empathize... [but] emphasizing that not all men have the typically "male" brain, which he calls Type "S," and not all women have the typically female brain (Type "E")...
So have fun, take the BlogThing test, and think about your results as we keep an eye on the Larry Summers inquisition.


Blogger Terry Finley said...

What in interesting post. Thanks.

I invite you to visit my blog and to study the Bible with me.

Terry Finley

2/21/2005 10:33 AM  

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