The birds and the bees has long been a major topic among teens. Girls develop breasts while guys get deeper voices. But does Billy really like your black dress? Does Sally think it’s hot when you wear Axe? The truth is, each gender has a different perspective and acts with different motives. The “girls are from Venus boys are from Mars” phrase might be an exaggeration,
but the main idea is correct – the genders are different physically and mentally. According to Simon Baron-Cohen, the author of “The Essential Difference: Men Women and the Extreme Male Brain,” the female brain has stronger empathizing tendencies. So, do not make fun of a girl crying at the end of “Marley and Me” she cannot help it. Females also have a larger corpus collosum, a structure of the brain that connects the left and right hemispheres. This means that women can transfer information between the hemispheres faster than males. On the other hand, the male brain, according to Cohen, has systemizing tendencies. A study at Cambridge University showed that girls looked at faces longer than boys, and boys looked at machinery longer than girls. Inside the female brain the limbic system, involved with emotions and motivations, is bigger. This explains why they are better at bonding, identifying
and connecting with others. Women have 12 percent more neurons than men. These neurons are clustered together in areas representing the transferring of information within the brain.
At Vanderbilt University, researchers Stephen Camarata and Richard Woodcock found that females performed better in timed tests. In standardized tests that focused on processing speed, female adolescents scored on average 105.5, males 97.4. Women utilize both hemispheres for language, too. The areas in the frontal and temporal lobes representing language are much larger in women than men. Therefore, women’s reading and verbal skills outshine men. However, men tend to do better in math. On the SAT test, men surpassed women on the math portion by an average of 35 points. There is a part of the brain called the inferior-parietal lobule that is larger in men than in women. This section of the brain is thought to be associated
with mathematics. In a study done at Harvard in 2001, researchers discovered that the parietal cortex was larger in men than women. The parietal cortex is involved with spatial organization. The male brain excels at mechanical thinking. Men are motivated to analyze and build a system and to figure things out. Men have 6.5 times more grey matter than women, which means they have more areas to process data. But what makes a man attracted to a woman or vice versa? According to Mark J. Taylor, author of “A Psychological Look at What Causes Attraction – Cracking the Root Causes of Attraction,” one of the main causes of attraction is proximity, how close people are to each other. For example, where you go to school makes attraction more likely with a classmate than someone who lives across the world. Next is association, if people meet their significant others at a park in the summer when they’re having fun they are more likely to be attracted than if they had met at a vet clinic after they had to put a pet to sleep. When and where people meet determines what they associate with that person.
Human beings also respond to scent, according to the Smell and Taste Research foundation in Chicago. Males are attracted to lavender and pumpkin scents, so the males out there might want to check the ingredients in their favorite body spray, while females are attracted to the scent of cucumbers and black licorice. Another fun fact is males are attracted to the color red
because in Western culture it symbolizes romance and passion. To be clear, someone smearing himself or herself with pumpkin pie and wearing a red t-shirt cannot guarantee that their crush will fall for them, but it will definitely get them noticed. Not all these findings apply to everyone. They are sweeping statements of the typical society. A male may not have typical male characteristics and a female typical female characteristics. These studies are attempts to explain general gender- based behaviors.