godfr101: April 2012 Archives

Years from now, I will still remember the psychological aspects of males and females. I found learning of biological and evolutionary psychology to be the articulation of concepts I had already observed in relationships, family life, and society. Innate personality differences, maternal and paternal tendencies, reproductive behaviors, and many observable behaviors from human biological history are extremely prevalent, even more so upon learning more in-depth why there are prevalent.
One example is a females "picky" behavior when selecting a mate. The nine month gestation period creates a biological drive to select an appropriate mate who will remain with the woman bearing child. Other traits factoring into a woman's picky behavior include physically appealing traits. Physical size and build appeal so a male could serve as protection from predators. Physical attributes also appeal, because there is a biological drive for both males and females to seek out the best desirable traits to pass along to their offspring.
Another aspect of the psychology of gender differences is the way that infants are treated. Gender stereotypes are applied to infants early in life, before gender characteristics have hardly developed. Language and tone of voice used when addressing an infant greatly reflect gender stereotypes, and gender expectations.
Awareness of these psychological topics is important to me. I think sexism starts at a young age, and deeply imbedded psychological aspects of genderism and sexism greatly impact the perpetuation of stereotypes and societal norms of female and male.

Although IQ scores show a fairly even range of scores among the sexes, there are distinct gender differences concerning male and female intelligence strengths. Trends show that women have a greater verbal and emotional intelligence, while men have a greater spatial intelligence. Mathematically, men are stronger with geometry and mathematical reasoning, and women are stronger with arithmetic calculation. Infants do not demonstrate these verbal and spatial differences. Psychological research does not conclude if intelligence differences result from environmental conditions, biological gender differences, or social norms. Perhaps there is not simply one reason behind male and female intellectual distinctions. A person's biology is the starting point of their intelligence, environmental factors cultivate the shaping of the development of their intelligence, and social norms constrict the overall shaping of a person. All factors have a psychological impact that result in visible, measurable gender differences.
According to a study at the University of California- Irvine, intelligence differences result from biological differences in men and women. The results of the study showed differing amounts of white matter and grey matter in males and females. Male brains have more grey matter, about 6.5 times more than women. Women have more white matter, about 10 times more than men. The researchers view these varying distributions of grey and white matter as explanations for male and female intelligence strengths. For example, the distribution of white matter in the brains of males supports the local processing required for mathematics.

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