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Friday, May 17, 2013

18 May 2013

Today's edition of Sardonic Saturdays asks the question, 'Why don't men understand women?'
Yes, a fully loaded question, indeed. How do we attempt to answer it?
Why, with fMRI scans, of course!

Today's Daily Quota is a research paper conducted by Plos One titled 'Why Don't Men Understand Women? Altered Neural Networks for Reading the Language of Male and Female Eyes'.
Yep, they examined eye movement, and the relative brain functions, so try and adduce whether men respond better, emotively, to women or men.
Sadly, men respond far better to men.
Below is a brief summary of their findings:
We found that men actually had twice as many problems in recognizing emotions from female as compared to male eyes, and that these problems were particularly associated with a lack of activation in limbic regions of the brain (including the hippocampus and the rostral anterior cingulate cortex). Moreover, men revealed heightened activation of the right amygdala to male stimuli regardless of condition (sex vs. emotion recognition). Thus, our findings highlight the function of the amygdala in the affective component of theory of mind (ToM) and in empathy, and provide further evidence that men are substantially less able to infer mental states expressed by women, which may be accompanied by sex-specific differences in amygdala activity.
Have a read, and reflect on your biological inability to ever win in life.
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