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MRI Scanners Offer Scientists New Insight into the Human Brain

 

Narrator: This is Science Today. Researchers interested in understanding the intricacies of the human brain - such as differences in the circuitry of male and female brains - are getting a boost from studies made possible by super fast, specific MRI scanners.

Brizendine: They are going to be able to look at tinier and tinier versions of areas and circuits in real time.

Narrator: Dr. Louann Brizendine, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who wrote a book called ‘The Female Brain', says there were aspects of the female brain that researchers did not know about until using such sophisticated MRI scanners.

Brizendine: What we're discovering is female brains do a few things differently than males. We, for one thing, use both hemispheres in our brain. So, people that do rehab in stroke centers know that females are able to recover from stroke faster than males because they have a spare part for some things -language and emotional memory.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.