Is a Man’s Brain Damaged in Gestation?

Medical research studies have shown that in the womb, between the 18th and 26th week of gestation, something happens that forever separates the sexes. If the baby is to be a boy, a chemical bath of different sex-related hormones washes over the brain, causing several important changes that never happen to the brain of a baby girl. Quite simply, the hormones which flood a baby boy’s brain cause the right side of the brain to recede slightly and destroy some of the fibers that connect the two sides. And one result is that, in most cases, a baby boy starts life more left-brain oriented from birth. The left side of the brain houses more of the logical, analytical, factual, and aggressive centers of thought. What about little girls? From the moment of birth, because they don’t go through this chemical bath, little girls are more global or “two sided” in their thinking. Electrical impulses and messages go back and forth more quickly between both sides of a little girl’s brain. Females spend most of their time camped out on the right side of the brain. Over on that side are the centers for feelings and emotions, as well as the relational, language, and communication skills. “Now, wait a minute,” you may be saying. “Are you telling me that males are, therefore, brain damaged?” I guess that’s one way to put it. You might be interested to know about a Stanford study of children. An experimental laboratory was set up where children had opportunities to work at a number of different tasks, according to their choices. The researchers observed children for 20 minutes per child. The average time a girl worked at one task was 12.5 minutes; the average boy worked 6.5 minutes per task. Boys interrupted what they were doing almost twice as often as girls. Girls finished nearly everything they started; boys completed only half of their starts. For the boys, a new category had to be added: watching others. They spent 4.5 minutes “watching.” And the boys tackled twice as many three-dimensional tasks as girls attempted. One-third of the boys took toys apart; none of the girls did. Perhaps most interesting was that girls monitored their entire activity and time with speech, almost continuously. They offered advice and information, and asked for help. It was recorded that, “Boys used more noises, uttered commands and expletives, and used more abrupt phrases, such as, ‘Look at me.’”
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