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Emotions processed differently by men and women

Women rate as more emotionally stimulating than men do and are more likely to remember them. However, there are no gender-related differences in emotional appraisal as far as neutral images are concerned. These were the findings of a large-scale study by a research team at the that focused on determining the gender-dependent relationship between emotions, memory performance and brain activity. The results will be published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Brain Activity When Viewing Negative Emotional Images
Red and yellow indicates the more active areas of the brain when images are rated as highly stimulating. Green indicates the areas that specifically become more active in women.
Credit:MCN, University of Basel


Original source

Klara Spalek, Matthias Fastenrath, , Bianca Auschra, XDavid Coynel, Julia Frey, Leo Gschwind, , , Andreas Papassotiropoulos, and Annette Milnik. Sex-Dependent Dissociation between Emotional Appraisal and Memory: A Large-Scale Behavioral and fMRI Study. Journal of Neuroscience (2014) | doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.2384-14.2015

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