Brain study: Women are wired to better leaders

- A study conducted by Amen Clinics in California concluded that women have healthier and much busier brains.

Female brains were especially active in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which deals with focus, planning and impulse control. Researchers said that makes women wired to be leaders.

Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist, said women have the neuroscience to make them better leaders than men because they have more empathy, better judgement, less impulse behavioral problems.

He said that women are less likely to end up in jail because they have more self-control and forethought about their actions than men do. Men are 14 times more likely than women to end up in jail, Amen said.

The parts of the brain linked with vision and coordination were more active among men.

The female brain showed more empathy, intuition, collaboration, self-control and worrying. The downside is that emotion causes more anxiety, depression, insomnia, eating disorders and pain in women than in men. Amen said that could explain why women have double the risk of depression than men have.

Amen said that understanding the differences between a male and female brain is important because brain disorders like Alzheimer's affect men and women differently. He said women have higher rates of Alzheimer's while men have higher rates of substance abuse and ADHD. Amen said he is hoping these studies will encourage doctors to treat these afflictions based on the brain they're dealing with.

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