uuuuuuugh gross this is my institution
and, tragically, i have to disagree with the authors of the nice article linked above. not only are the reporters in this situation completely full of shit, the paper they’re reporting on is also completely full of shit.
the authors of the scientific paper use mumblemumblestatistics (i am not qualified to evaluate their systems biology network-visualizing techniques) to generate data which “suggests that male brains are optimized for communicating within the hemispheres, whereas female brains are optimized for interhemispheric communication”
then they take that bit of data from their imaging study and fucking run off into the hills with it, citing reported “greater interhemispheric activation in females on a language task, in which they excelled, and greater focal intrahemispheric activation in males on a spatial task, in which they excelled” (i haven’t read the paper cited here, but i’m assuming that “excelled” here means “both genders studied had a wide range of results but we scraped together a weird enough sample size to get a significant difference between averages for male versus female”)
they conclude that women are good talkers and men are good engineers, in not quite so many words, and all of it fucking screams biological determinism and “behavioral differences may stem from complementary roles in procreation and social structure” which is just WOW GROSS STOP NOW
Ugh, someone posted the first news article on facebook and I was like “lol, this paper is some bullshit and even if it is real it’s all socialization” AND ALL THESE BROS showed up out of the woodwork like WHAT’S YOUR PROOF???? IT’S A GOOD PAPER THESE RESULTS AREN’T NEW