Women can't read maps? That's just a gender-related myth

Women can't read maps? That's just a gender-related myth

SINGAPORE - Neuroscientist Philip Tsang has more than 10 years of research and developmental experience studying genetics and brain fitness.

Dr Tsang, who is the chief scientist at Brand's Health Centre, debunks some myths surrounding the differences between male and female brains.

How do male brains differ from women's?

So far, there is no concrete evidence showing gender-dependent differences in their cognitive abilities.

Research has shown that cognitive performance is influenced by multiple factors, such as age, sex, rearing conditions and previous experiences, and is highly variable among individuals.

How these factors affect the cognitive performance is still not clearly defined.

On average, men's brains are 8-10 per cent bigger than women's brains. Does the size of one's brain relate to intelligence?

No. Cognitive ability is not dependent on the size of the brain.

Research has revealed that across the main spectrums of memory, concentration, language, creative and spatial abilities, men and women are almost equally balanced, in spite of the difference in brain size.

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