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Imaging study reveals how men's and women's brains differ

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They say men are from Mars, women are from Venus. And it might just be true when it comes to our brains. The largest imaging study ever conducted reveals men's brains are physically larger -- 8 to 10 percent bigger -- but women have more blood flow in 112 out of 128 regions examined -- meaning their brains are more active.

A new study suggests women are "less impulsive" and "more concerned with emotions." They generally think things out more because of a larger prefrontal cortex.

"The prefrontal cortex is responsible for executive functioning, multitasking, how to solve problems, so maybe women are better at multitasking then men," said Dr. Carolyn Brockington, a neurologist.

But men are better at something else -- such as looking at women -- because they are more visual.

The study says women's memory is better thanks to a larger hippocampus.

But forget the hippocampus. for all guys out there, I wanted to know if a bigger brain means it's better?

"It's not better or worse. It's how we process information," Dr. Brockington said. "Women tend to use more prefrontal cortex, the area that has to do with logical thinking. And men use a visual cortex."

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