Monday, April 24, 2006

The Comprehensive Theory of Male/Female Relationships

This new data on the differences in the emotional wiring of men and women explains everything.

It perfectly explains the whole shtick about why women are always complaining about men being out of touch with their emotions and men always complain about women being overly emotional, and why it is harder for them to be out of touch with their emotions. Why men can compartmentalize easily, and disregard negative emotions, and why women find that much harder.

And of course, there is a good evolutionary basis for understanding that this should exist.

Men and women are actually from the same planet, but scientists now have the first strong evidence that the emotional wiring of the sexes is fundamentally different.

An almond-shaped cluster of neurons that processes experiences such as fear and aggression hooks up to contrasting brain functions in men and women at rest, the new research shows.

For men, the cluster "talks with" brain regions that help them respond to sensors for what's going on outside the body, such as the visual cortex and an area that coordinates motor actions.

For women, the cluster communicates with brain regions that help them respond to sensors inside the body, such as the insular cortex and hypothalamus. These areas tune in to and regulate women's hormones, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and respiration.

"Throughout evolution, women have had to deal with a number of internal stressors, such as childbirth, that men haven't had to experience," said study co-author Larry Cahill of the University of California Irvine. "What is fascinating about this is the brain seems to have evolved to be in tune with those different stressors."
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