A group of American scientists under the leadership of psychiatrist Daniel Amen has come to the conclusion that some parts of the brain in women work more than men. We are talking about the prefrontal cortex and limbic region. According to the researchers, the data obtained allow a better understanding of why women are more likely to suffer from some mental problems, while the strong half of mankind from other
The study involved 26 802 people, among which 119 were perfectly healthy, while others in the past have experienced a brain injury or have suffered from certain mental illness — bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and so on. Applying the technology of single photon emission computed tomography, specialists obtained data on the 128 regions of the brain in a resting state and when performing tasks that require concentration and memorizing information.
As a result, the researchers came to the conclusion that the brain of women on average work harder brain men, and to the greatest extent it relates to the limbic region and the prefrontal cortex.
According to the scientists, the differences in the brain largely explain why some diseases connected with the brain, are more common in one gender. For example, women are statistically more susceptible to development of Alzheimer’s disease or depression, while men are more likely to suffer from attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. Understanding why this is the case, would more effectively deal with all these diseases, experts say.
It should be noted that the effectiveness of single photon emission computed tomography, especially in the formulation of patients diagnosis is questioned by many scientists, including representatives of the American psychiatric society.