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Men And Women Really Do Have Different Brains

studies have found that the hippocampus, which is involved in short-term memory and spatial navigation, is proportionally larger in women than in men, which may come as a surprise given women’s reputation as poor map-readers

Yeah, well, the thing is, men and women have very different methods of navigating. Women seem to rely more on the physical points of interest where men seem to prefer an address and to know the system of street numbering. Eric can go on and on about differences in male and female brains, so I won’t.

Speaking of Eric, he has a new post on his blog. Not about gender differences this week, but about computing: Increasing Demands on Cell Phones Will Advantage x86

Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder
There were a couple instances in college (before the pervasiveness of the internet) where I’d have the TV on (muted), the stereo going, and be surrounded by books and my word processor. This usually occurred when I was working on final papers for literature classes. Not exactly the nerb stereotype, but early stimulus overload.

NADDers have an amazingly ability to focus when they choose to. Granted, it’s not their natural state and, granted, it can take longer than some to get in the zone, but when we’re there, BOY HOWDY.

I’m not sure this is as true for women with NADD, if women truly have the ‘affliction.’ Women don’t focus like men focus. Our brains sort of naturally go in five directions at once.

And also: London’s dead tell tales (Digg it!)

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