Thursday, January 22, 2015

Science Says Women More Emotional than Men

Well knock me over with a feather, Lifetime TV's business model has a basis in reality. . .

Male and female brains really ARE wired differently: Study finds women are far more affected by emotional images

With the help of 3,398 test subjects from four sub-trials, the researchers were able to demonstrate that females rated emotional image content – especially negative content – as more emotionally stimulating than their male counterparts did.

It is known that women often consider emotional events to be more emotionally stimulating than men do.

In the case of neutral images, however, there were no gender-related differences in emotional appraisal.

In a subsequent memory test, female participants could freely recall significantly more images than the male participants.

Surprisingly though, women had a particular advantage over men when recalling positive images.

Using fMRI data from 696 test subjects, the researchers were also able to show that stronger appraisal of negative emotional image content by the female participants is linked to increased brain activity in motoric regions.

'This result would support the common belief that women are more emotionally expressive than men,' explained Dr Klara Spalek, lead author of the study.
Brain activity when viewing negative emotional images:
red and yellow indicates the more active areas of the brain when images are rated as highly stimulating.
Green indicates the areas that specifically become more active in women
We may be equal under law, but we are not identical by nature.

Wombat-socho has the master "Rule 5 Sunday: Shake It Off" post up at The Other McCain.


  1. We as men needed a study to tell us this?

  2. Yaa science stuff is hard. next week we test to see if water is actually wet and do further testing to determine how this stuff does when subjected to freezing temperatures.
    isn't it wonderful to know that our tax dollars support crap studies like this?
    on second thought I'd like my 40% back.
    BTW your site is wonderful, thanks and please keep up the great work.