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

joker circus at world.com
Sun Aug 17 16:37:25 EST 1997


The Corinthian wrote:
> 
> 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.

No wonder your brain is like your penis - puny.



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