Are Male and Female Brains Different?
Patterns Aren't Rules
While these insights are intriguing, Verma emphasizes that they don't necessarily apply to everyone. "Our studies are comparing the performance of males and females, on average, on certain tasks," she says.
The Tel Aviv study supports the idea that sex differences in the brain may depend on the family and culture you grew up in and what's happened to you, too.
When your brain processes the same signals over and over, those networks will get stronger, like working out a muscle. So even if male and female brains start out similar, they may become different over time as boys and girls are treated differently with different expectations.
And brains can adapt. Like when someone loses their sight, they get better at hearing. They use the "seeing" part of their brain to process sound.
"Individuals of both sexes can have large variations in their abilities," Verma says. "For example, I have three math degrees but no sense of direction."