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The Outer Brain: Ten Amazing Ways the Skin and Brain Connect - Six

Do Women and Men Feel and Remember Touch Differently?

Over the years I have heard countless stories about touch and skin, told from myriad points of view, and wonder about the gender derivation of the narratives.

Does sexual orientation and hormone affect the brain-skin connection?  Men and women are genetically sculpted in different ways.  What are the ways that Female vs Male touch interact with the brain?

Females have a higher recall of emotional details. Criminologists know this. What about with touch?

Do epigenetics such as mothering style influence the brain-skin connection?

Rates of myelination differ. Childhood adversity and being more or less in touch with the world affect brain-skin validation.

Men think about sex more often—that’s how we are genetically wired. We are all female in our first eight weeks of life until the brain in males is soaked with testosterone from the testes and various brain areas change shape as a result.  How does this affect the perception and memory of touch?  If a person “changes sex”, does a change in touch and brain interaction accompany the new variations, if any?

In her books “The Female Brain” and “The Male Brain” by Dr. Louann Brizendine, she notes that women average 20k words per day men 7k per day. According to Barton Goldsmith, “It seems that by the end of the day men are talked out and women still have a day's worth of conversation in them. So one of the reasons men don't feel comfortable talking is because most women can out-talk them.”

“Men and women also have different conversational styles,” Goldsmith writes. “Women tend to talk faster when they get excited and may interrupt their partners who are struggling to find the right words. When this happens, their male counterparts may lose track or shut down because they feel cut off and were unable to express what they were feeling. Men find it more difficult to attach words to emotions, and getting back on track in an emotional conversation can be very difficult for them.”


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Dr. Robert A. Norman

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