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Gender inequalities found in brain.

SCIENTISTS have discovered why women find it difficult to read road maps.

Using a new brain-scanning technique, London researchers found that men and women activate different parts of their brains when carrying out the same task.

While they are talking, women show a much stronger activation of one area of the brain known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, making it easier for them to deal with complex verbal information.

Dr Tonmoi Sharma, head of research at London's Institute of Psychiatry, said: "In computer terms, women keep information on-line."

However, men show more activity in a region known as the supplementary motor area of the brain -- which means better spatial skills.

Dr Sharma said: "Men find it easier to read maps because it's the spatial working memory that is needed, and this is to do with the entire circuitry rather than just one area of the brain."
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Author:Fraser, Christian
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 25, 1999
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