Male Brains slightly larger than Female Brains [but not proportionately]

The Corinthian corinthian at netaccess.co.nz
Sun Aug 17 20:57:58 EST 1997



Mr. W.Y. Chan <wahchan at liverpool.ac.uk> wrote in article
<EEr1q6.1GC at liverpool.ac.uk>...
> Mark James (mrj at cs.usyd.edu.au) wrote:
> : Howard Olson wrote:
> 
> : > First of all, the brains of men and women are comparable when you
> : > consider the  body size to brain size ratio. This is a well known
fact
> : > of paleoneurology.
> 
> : Steve Barnard wrote:
> 
> : > It's also recently been determined that men's brains have more
neurons
> : > that womens's -- something like four billion more, give or take a
few.
> : > 
> : > So what?
> 
> : I'm not sure that the recent research showed the men have more
> : neurons than women; simply that men have more brain cells than
> : women, which may just mean more glial cells (padding? ;-)).
> : [Could someone provide a reference for the article in question.]
> 
> : In my opinion the cognitive consequences of men having more
> : neurons than women would be an increased memory capacity rather
> : than any increased processing abilities.  For example, elephants
> : have enormous brains, giving them a high storage capacity, yet
> : they lack the neural architecture (pattern of cortical areas)
> : that would support sophisticated use of language, or development
> : of a complex personality.
> 
> : I don't think the greater size of men's brains can be explained 
> : by the need for more/larger motor and somatosensory neurons to
> : compensate for the greater body size. What is the current
> : paleoneurological theory for the size of brains: consuming no
> : more than a given proportion of the body's energy?
> 
> : In any case, things like the corpus callosum and the language
> : areas in the superior temporal lobe have been shown to be
> : larger in women (on average of course).
> 
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> 
> Yes, but elepahant has tiny brains, so does a blue whale and so does
> prehistoric humans and dinsosaures. Neurons has a role and that is the
> capaicity to memorise and and men  biologically have more of it, having
> said that men at old age tends to loose their brain cells more rapidly
than
> elderly women so nature provided men with more brain cells so that we
> can afford to loose a lot more when we get old.
> 
> 
> 	Wah
> 
> 
It isnt the size of your brain, its what you do with it.



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