Are men and women really from different planets, cognitively and emotionally speaking? Is the male brain radically different from the female brain? For starters, men often score higher in mathematics, while women excel verbally. Of course, these are broad generalizations, but studies back them up. More men make up fields such as architecture and engineering. These could actually be effects of testosterone, the male hormone.
Testosterone changes the brain, and these cognitive changes affect ability and emotion. In a nutshell, a number of differences between males and females can be attributed to the affects of testosterone.
How Does Testosterone Affect the Brain?
Testosterone is produced mainly in the testicular region of the male body. It is responsible for sperm production and the male sex drive, as well as a host of other aspects that keep the body functioning normally. Although testosterone production naturally decreases with age, you will notice abnormal differences if it drops below where it should.
Male hormones affect change in both the structure and function of the male brain. A region of the brain called the hypothalamus is responsible for sexual behavior. A higher exposure to testosterone in the womb increases this area. Testosterone also increases cluster sizes of spinal cord neurons associated with the genital area.
What Are the Differences in Men Vs. Women?
Men and women are already wired differently, and the role of testosterone in brain development may play a large role. Scientists have studied the effects of testosterone in both men and women, and their findings differ regarding cognitive and emotional processing. Men generally have a much higher prenatal testosterone exposure level than women. As a result, they often:
- Take greater risks
- Are more aggressive and competitive
- Have more self-confidence
- Are better at spatial subjects and mathematics
On the other hand, women fare better in the subconscious processing of information, or intuition. And, they possess greater verbal ability. However, some women have been prenatally exposed to high levels of testosterone. These women exhibit more deliberate, reflexive thinking, similar to that of men.
How Does Testosterone Affect Emotion?
Have you ever wondered why women are generally more empathic than men? Excess testosterone can interfere with communication among the emotion-processing parts of the brain. Therefore, women with elevated testosterone have more difficulty interpreting and expressing emotions.
Scientists believe that autistic spectrum disorder could also be attributed to prenatal testosterone exposure. A hallmark symptom of the disorder involves the inability to distinguish emotions. This would explain why more males are affected than females.
What are the Effects of Testosterone Levels?
You are no doubt familiar with the impact of low testosterone on the male libido. However, low T levels can impact issues far beyond sexual performance.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men
The effects of testosterone reach far beyond just libido.
Non-sexual side effects:
- Low iron levels
- Decrease in energy
- Increased body fat around the waist
- Lack of initiative, assertiveness and drive
- Decline in sense of well-being and self-confidence
- Irritable moods
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Lessened stamina and endurance
- Loss of muscle mass, strength, and tone
- Sleep apnea
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
Health and lifestyle conditions associated with low T levels:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Excess weight
Benefits of Higher Testosterone in Men
There are many reasons why higher testosterone can improve a man’s overall health and wellness.
- Causes formation of the internal and external male sex organs
- Initiates the production of sperm
- Enhances libido and sexual potency
- Promotes muscle mass, strength, and tone
- Decreases body fat
- Promotes increased bone mass
- Stimulates the production of red blood cells
- Increases metabolism
- Promotes male traits, spatial and mathematical ability, general wellness, and self-confidence
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