Men’s and Women’s Brains Appear to Age Differently

There’s been a lot of poorly thought-out stuff written about the differences between men’s and women’s brains and minds. In the worst instances, sexist commentators use spurious neuroscience claims to provide “evidence” for gender stereotypes — take John Gray of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus fame, who says men can’t multitask because they use one brain hemisphere at a time while women use two (not true), or Louann Brizendine, author of The Female Brain, who says women are more emotional and empathetic than men because they have more mirror neurons (ditto). But if you can get past all of this pseudoscience, there’s some legitimately illuminating, serious medical research on sex-based brain differences — some of which has important health implications.Consider one undeniable discovery in this area, which is that the sexes differ in their…


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