Is your brain more 'male' or 'female'?

We’ve all heard that men are from Mars and women are from Venus but are there really differences in male and female brains?

Research suggests the connections in men and women’s brains follow different patterns - a process which may explain how typical 'male' and 'female' brains behave. However, the real question is: are these patterns innate or are they shaped by the world around us? Is it nature or nurture?

Men are commonly thought to be better at maths, while women are meant to be better at reading and just about anything emotional, but is this true for everyone?

Try these two tests now from our new documentary Is Your Brain Male or Female?.

Although there were exceptions, on average the men performed only slightly better than the women on these spatial awareness tests in the video - albeit, in many cases, not as well as they believed they would perform!

But while men seemed to have the edge when it comes to some spatial skills, there are other fields where women are said to have an advantage.

As the name suggests, the Geneva Emotion Recognition Test examines emotional intelligence by asking users to identify different emotions portrayed by actors. As expected, women performed better than the men - although, again, only slightly.

While tests such as these seem to indicate male and female brains operate differently, it's still impossible to decipher whether these differences are biological or learned. Considering the strong gender conditioning children experience from an early age, the jury is still out on this one.

To learn more, don't miss the documentary Is Your Brain Male or Female which offers in depth research into this matter. Tune in to Lifestyle YOU on April 30 at 9:30 pm. 

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