Men and Women: How Different Are We Really?

Women are often better than men at: Speaking.  Women find the right words faster and use a wider variety of words. This doesn’t mean men aren’t good speakers — just that women seem to have a small advantage. 

Men tend to be better than women at: Judging distance.  It’s part of what’s called “spatial awareness.” It includes how well you can gauge the size, distance, and speed of things around you — your teammates on a basketball court, for example. 

Generally, women are safer drivers than men: True.  Men tend to take more risks. They’re more likely to speed, drive drunk, and go without a seatbelt. They also have more severe crashes than women drivers. 

The brains of men and women are the same: False.   While they’re a lot alike, there are important differences in structure and chemistry. For example, the part of the brain that triggers the fight-or-flight response — the amygdala — is bigger in men. So they respond a bit faster when they think there’s a threat. The brain cells of men and women also connect in different ways. 

The differences between men and women are caused by: hormones and genetics.  They’re linked. Genes cause men to release more testosterone than women, for example, which triggers genetic traits like larger muscles, aggression, and deeper voices. Genes make women produce more estrogen, which affects many things, including learning, mood, and brain development. The X-factor: The way family and society define the roles of men and women also affects behavior. 

The hormone oxytocin can lead to: Kindness, bonding, sociability in women / Selfishness, aggression, isolation in men.  Both sexes release oxytocin when they have a baby together, but it doesn’t affect them the same way. Women are driven to nurture and bond, and men to protect and defend. Men and women process lots of things differently, including other hormones and medication. Scientists aren’t sure why this happens. 

Men get Parkinson’s disease than women: True.  They’re 60% more likely to get the disease, which destroys the nerve cells in your brain that control how you move. And it affects men and women in different ways. For example, the severe stiffness Parkinson’s causes may be worse in men, and women’s symptoms take longer to show up. 

Who is more likely to get Alzheimer’s decease : Women.  This disease also typically gets worse faster in women. Ironically, this may be linked to estrogen, which may help protect the brain. Before menopause, women have more of it, but after menopause, they lose that edge. Men can make estrogen from testosterone. 

Courtesy: WebMD 

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