"Male" And "Female" Brains Are A Myth

"Male" And "Female" Brains Are A Myth

There's no shortage of literature on the differences between men's and women's brains, but a 2015 study has concluded that there is no typical "male" or "female" brain. Although some structures, such as the left hippocampus and amygdala, do tend to be larger in men, many exceptions exist, and most brains are a mix of both "male" and "female" structures. This research may change the way that humans think about sex, gender, and behavior.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    In 2008, IKEA head Petra Hesser claimed the women were better at assembling IKEA furniture than men. (0:14)

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    A 2015 study found that most brains are a unique mosaic of features, some of which tend to correspond to a particular sex, and some of which don't. (1:20)

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    There is more brain variation within a given sex than between two sexes. (1:43)

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