Men & Women Process Pain Differently

Chronic pain is the most prevalent health condition that modern humans face, and there is still no silver bullet for curing it. But recent research in pain processing may help scientists craft pain therapies that work better for people suffering from chronic pain- no matter their gender. A recent study, published in Nature Neuroscience, looked at which…

Men’s Brains vs. Women’s Brains: Social Implications of Neuroimaging (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I started discussing the social implications as they relate issues of neuroimaging and gender. If you haven’t read that article, you can access it here for the background and introduction to this topic. Here’s another example of the neuroscience of gender at work: As of 2009, an estimated 360 public schools in the…

Men’s Brains vs. Women’s Brains: Social Implications of Neuroimaging (Part 1 of 2)

Lately, I’ve read about quite a few interesting brain imaging studies, on all sorts of topics. Collectively, these have sparked my curiosity about this question: how might brain imaging technology transform our culture far beyond its medical applications? While many of the possibilities are exciting, others make me nervous–especially those that threaten hard-won equalities by…