Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge: Do men understand women?

June 2, 2013

No.

Wait—you don’t think that’s uncommon knowledge? How about the fact that scientists have determined that men have difficulty understanding women on a neurological level, because that is how their brains are hardwired? Researchers in Germany had men look at photographs of people’s eyes and attempt to identify the emotions being expressed. When the eyes in the image were those of a woman, the men took longer to answer and were less accurate in their assessments. When men’s brains were scanned during this process, it was found that the part that generates empathy was much more active when viewing the emotions of other men than of women. It appears that men perhaps evolved to be skilled at evaluating the intentions of their rivals, rather than brokering peace at home.

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