The Battle of the Sexes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/26/02

The Battle of the Sexes

Do you remember that fight you had with a loved one three years ago? Chances are if you're a woman, you remember it like it happened yesterday.

A new study finds when it comes to recalling emotional events, women do it better than men, because their brains are wired differently. "Women are usually more quickly able to identify feelings more quickly, other than just anger," says Psychologist, Nancy Van Dyken.

In the study, women and men were shown a series of photographs, then by way of brain scans, psychologists noted their responses and found women's neural responses to emotional scenes were much more active. Dr van Dyken says when she gives clients a sheet of paper to describe their feelings. Women will check a dozen or so words, but men limit their feelings to just a couple, with the word "angry" showing up nine times out of ten.

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