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The Female Brain is More Active: Study Shows

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The Female Brain is More Active: Study Shows

The current largest realistic brain imaging study has identified that there are distinctive brain variations between women and men, consistent with a new report in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The female brain is more active the study reveals.

In the largest realistic brain imaging study at present, the Amen Clinics (Newport Beach, CA) studied 46,034 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging studies furnished by 9 clinics, quantifying variations between the brains of men and women. The results are released within the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

According to lead author, psychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics, Inc, This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences. The quantifiable differences we identified between men and women are important for understanding gender-based risk for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Using functional neuroimaging tools, such as SPECT, are essential to developing precision medicine brain treatments in the future.

The brains of women within the study were vastly more active in many areas of the brain than men, primarily in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with focus and impulse control, and the limbic or emotional areas of the brain, involved with mood and anxiety. The visual and coordination centers of the mind were more active in men. SPECT can measure blood perfusion in the brain. Images received from subjects at rest or while performing various cognitive duties will exhibit specific blood flow in special brain areas.

The subjects were 119 healthful volunteers and 26,683 patients with a variety of psychiatric conditions such as brain trauma, bipolar disorders, temper disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic issues, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A toral of 128 brain regions were analyzed for subjects at baseline and while performing a task that needs focus.

Working out these differences is fundamental when you consider that brain issues have an effect on men and women differently. Women have higher rates of Alzheimer’s disorders, depression, which is itself is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and anxiety issues, while guys have greater rates of (ADHD), behavior-related issues, and incarceration.

Dr. George Perry, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dean of the College of Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio remarked, Precisely defining the physiological and structural basis of gender differences in brain function will illuminate Alzheimer’s disease and understanding our partners.

The findings of accelerated prefrontal cortex blood flow in females compared to males may explain why females are inclined to show off greater strengths within the areas of empathy, intuition, collaboration, self-control, and suitable concern. The study also determined extended blood flow in limbic areas of the brains of women, which might also in part provide an explanation why women are more at risk for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and eating problems.