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Feminist News


April-15-96

Women's Brains Last Longer

According to Ruben C. Gur, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, men lose brain tissue as they get older at a rate almost three times that of women. The loss of tissue could reduce their memory, concentration and reasoning power even in the 18 to 45 age range. The most dramatic loss of tissue occurs in the frontal lobes which control attention, abstract reasoning, mental flexibility and inhibition of impulses as well as in the temporal lobe, which governs memory. Men's brains also maintain a consistent rate of metabolism while that of women slow with age.

Media Resources: The Washington Post - April 12, 1996