Study: Women's Brains Smaller, But More Efficient Than Males'

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 11:17 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

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A new study has revealed that while men have bigger brains than women, females use their brains more efficiently than males.

A group of neuroscientists from the University of California and Madrid studied the differences between the male and female brains.

According to the Daily Mail, their research was centered on a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is a center of emotional and memory function.

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A larger hippocampus in men results in an increased presence of neurons, leading to a higher intelligence in males, the researchers said.

In females, it appeared that the smaller the hippocampus was, the smarter the woman would be because less energy and fewer brain cells are used to achieve the same results a man does.

This result led researchers to surmise that the brain matter of women operates in a more efficient manner.

The study also found that while female brains are typically 8 percent smaller than those of males, they were of equal intelligence.

“At this structural level, females might show greater efficiency requiring less neural material for achieving behavioral results on a par with males,” the researchers wrote.




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