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Men think faster than women

28 March 2005 - 06:11 PM

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Published February 8, 2005

Men think faster than women, study says

If you’re a woman reading this story, the guy next to you is already on the next sentence — or so suggests a scientific study soon to be published in the academic journal Intelligence.

The study that found that men may think slightly faster than women tested 186 males and 201 females, aged 18 to 25. The researchers looked at the way nerve impulses are transmitted in the brain by measuring nerve conduction velocity, or the speed at which messages are sent between brain cells. And what researchers found for the most part was that in men’s brains the messages travel 4 per cent faster than in women’s brains.

The study was conducted by Edward Reed, professor emeritus in anthropology and zoology at the University of Toronto, and Phillip Vernon and Andrew Johnson, two psychology professors at the University of Western Ontario.
“It’s been known for some decades more intelligent people have faster reaction times,” said Reed in an interview with the Star. “Brain nerve conduction velocity is an important component in how rapidly we think and this can contribute to being more or less intelligent. If that speed is very low you’re going to think slowly. If it’s faster, you’ll think faster.”

But Reed insists he’s not suggesting men are smarter than women. The difference in reaction times between men and women in the study is minimal — not enough to make any claims as to men being more intelligent than women. He attributes the difference between the sexes is due to the sex differences in the maturation of the white matter of the brain.
“More intelligent people have faster reaction time largely due to brain nerve conduction velocity,” Reed said. “It has nothing to do with the sexes.”
For years scientists have been trying to decipher the human brain and what makes up intelligence. “There has been a long history of trying to explain intelligence going back to the 1 880s in England,” said Reed. It was thought then that intelligent people have greater mental speed. Research over the past 40 years has in fact confirmed just that, the retired researcher said.

Brain research and intelligence has been a kind of Holy Grail for many as they attempted to unravel the mysterious pathways of the brain, often looking at gender differences for an answer. Just this week an American psychologist made headlines for his study to be published in the journal NeuroImage next month, which said that men and women have different brain architecture, but equal intelligence.
“There are clearly differences in the brain of men and women, but what’s interesting is the brain has more than one way to accomplish equal intelligence,” said Richard Haier, psychology professor at the University of California Irvine, in an interview with the Toronto Star.

The issue of gender differences in the brain is a controversial one, guaranteed to raise the hackles of most feminists. “It’s one of those perennial questions that keep popping up,” said Canadian feminist Doris Anderson. “I think there may be a difference between male and female brains. Girls talk earlier. Boys develop different motor skills. But I think an awful lot of the difference between male and female is taught to them.”

But what really worries Anderson is when these gender and brain theories and studies are used as a justification for women not being able to do things. Over the years there have been studies looking at sex differences in youngsters and how they play, and studies looking at mathematical, science and engineering abilities. Even studies that look at the actual brain anatomy have tried to answer the question: are men’s and women’s brains different, and does that make one sex more intelligent than another?

Edward Reed and his peers didn’t set out to look at gender differences. He and his colleagues were trying to establish the relationship between the time it takes brain cells to transmit messages and intelligence. The researchers gave participants a battery of cognitive tests as well as a sign test that measured the time it took for a message to get to the visual cortex. Brain nerve conduction velocity is just one component of intelligence, he said.

ओहो, विल गेट

28 March 2005 - 05:56 PM

Dear ALL!

I found it on Kantipur Online http://www.kantipuro....php?&nid=35545 published on 2005-03-27 18:28:11 and would like to share with you all. The content below is on unicode nepali font and only viewed on Windows 2000 and later operating system.

With warm regards,

Denju Badal

संयोग मात्

23 March 2005 - 06:08 PM

मेरा एकजना साथीलाई के मुड चलेछ कुन्नी एक दिन कविता लेख्न बसेछन् । जीवनमा कहिल्यै कविताको क पनि नलेखेका ती साथी एक छिन के घोरिएका थिए – भटाभट कविता फुरेछ । करिवन ५ मिनेटको अन्तरमा २ कविता लेखेर मलाइ देखाउँदै भने – मलाई कम ठानेको होला ल हेर म पनि कुनै आँशु कवि भन्दा के कम छु ।

उनका कविता पढ्नु अघि मैले जे पढे त्यो चाहीँ शेयर गर्न लायकको छ । उनले लेखेका कविता रिठ्ठो नविराई जस्ताको तस्तै यहाँ उल्लेख छः

तल प्रस्तुत गरिएका तीन कविताहरु म स्वयंले रचना गरेको हो । तर दीपक खरेलको – तिम्रो त्यो हँसिलो मुहार र कर्णदासको तिम्रो मेरो सम्बन्ध बोलको गीत संग हुबहु मिल्न गएमा संयोग मात्र हुँनेछ ।

Wanna be hacker?

29 January 2005 - 11:04 PM

Hey guys (& Gals also)
Namaste from Nepal

Could you guys tell me if I wanna be a hacker what I supposed to learn? Is there any tutorial or egines for it? any website you suggest? just curious.


A Love Letter.

22 January 2005 - 04:47 PM

Dear Sarita,

मलाइ थाहा छैन तिमी मलाइ प्रेम गर्छेउ या गर्दिनउ । मलाइ यो पनि थाहा छैन– म तिमीलाइ सुख दिन सक्छु वा सक्दिन । यो संसारमा लाखों यस्ता कुराहरु छन् जुन मलाइ थाहा छैन । तर मलाइ एउटा कुरा थाहा छ र निश्चितरुपले थाहा छ ......म तिमीलाइ प्रेम गर्छु, अन्तरहृदयले ।


(Disclamer: The name mentioned here is the name of the person who is no longer exist in reality. It has nothing to do with the girl having the name like Sarita Tandukar, Sarita Maharjan, Sharita Shrestha or something like that.)