A new brain connectivity study published last week has found that men and women’s brains really are wired differently – surely something that is already clear to anyone who lives, works or generally associates with both men and women?
The study, published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women giving credence to commonly-held beliefs about their different skills and behaviour. Ruben Gur, a co-author on the study, said in a statement that “it’s quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are”.
I don’t think there has ever been much doubt that men and women are different. However, demographically speaking, there are some countries – such as India and China – who are becoming seriously imbalanced. This is already causing serious implications for society. There are also many who would have us believe that two women or two men can bring up a child just as well as a male and female can. Science like this seems to help to show that nature is pretty good at bringing its own balance to the world and to families through men and women’s complementary skills. Long may the respective ‘genius’ that men and women bring to the world be equally recognised and appreciated.
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