Men's brains are like 3D TVs, women's like tablets: Study



Thane Burnett, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

Forget Mars or Venus.

Men are set up like 3D TVs while women are wired more like a multi-tasking tablet, suggests new brain connectivity research.

In the study of how the brains of women and men differ in their wiring, Ragini Verma, an associate professor in the department of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, has found neural connections of males -- from front to back and within one hemisphere -- are wired far differently than the brains of females -- which run between the left and right hemispheres.

Verma says it may explain why men excel at certain tasks, and women at others.

Her team found the brain connections in men create natural pathways for doing a single task well -- "Like cycling or navigating directions," the study concluded.

But women have, thanks to different wiring, remarkable social cognition skills and superior memories -- "Making them more equipped for multitasking and creating solutions that work for a group."

The researchers say this is one of the first studies -- using 521 women and 428 men -- to look at neural wiring, tied to cognitive skills, across the whole brain.

"It's quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are," co-author Dr. Ruben Gur said in a statement.

"Detailed" maps of the brain will not only help us better understand the differences between how men and women think, but it will also give us more insight into the roots of neuropsychiatric disorders, which are often sex related."