girls and boys

 

The battle of the sexes has been going on for millions of years. There have been numerous victories for both Guys and Dolls. Well, the fairer of the two(women) have just earned another point. Over the past 40 years there has been study after study documenting the superior language skills of girls. But until now the biological reason was a mystery. A study conducted by Northwestern University shows that the secret is in how the words are processed. The northwestern study used 31 boys and 31 girls, ranging in age from nine to 15. They monitored their brain activity while the kids were tested in language skills. Girls completing a linguistic abilities task showed greater activity in brain areas implicated specifically in language encoding, which decipher information abstractly. Boys, on the other hand, showed a lot of activity in regions tied to visual and auditory functions, depending on the way the words were presented. The finding suggests that although linguistic information goes directly to the seat of language processing in the female brain, males use sensory machinery to do a great deal of the work in untangling the data. In a classroom setting, it implies that boys need to be taught language both visually (reading) and orally (hearing) to get a fully get it, whereas a girl may be able to pick up the concepts by either method.

 

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