Male brain vs. female brain

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On the average, boys don't do all five senses, as well as, girls. It's a really interesting brain difference. Now, in specific areas, boys will really be good in a specific area just like girls will be. But in terms of all 5 senses - hearing is one of those senses - boys don't tend to hear as well as girls. Of course, there's always going to be exceptions. But on average, it is also true for husbands and wife, or men or women. Men don't hear as well as women. There are a number of reasons in the brain for this averaging. If you want to make sure that you're being heard, use the multisensory approach. In other words, don't just rely on hearing. So pull the boy, look the boy in the eye, and talk to the boy. This can also help with husbands. It can help with men, because the male brain is not as much of a multitasking brain. So if the male brain is doing anything else - it's what we call lateralizing brain, and has to do with white matter and gray matter -if we're doing one thing, we shut up other brain processes. If we're doing one thing and you're talking to us, we may not hear that, which you may think we heard that. But it's our brain set-up. This can happen with adults too -multisensory. Make sure the person is paying attention to you and the eye contact can really help with that. In classrooms, there's five or six boys in there that the teacher thinks is obstinate because they're not listening to the directions, but they may not be hearing. So those boys may need to come a little infront of the class.

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Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC

Family Counselor & Author

Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books published in 21 languages. He provides counseling services at the Marycliff Center, in Spokane, Washington. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.

 He has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate, including The Wonder of Girls, The Wonder of Boys, and Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, and The Minds of Boys.



Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately 20 cities per year to keynote at conferences. His training videos (also available as DVDs) for parents and volunteers are used by Big Brother and Big Sister agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

 As an educator, Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University.  His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived, worked and studied.

Michael's work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, People Magazine, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and National Public Radio.

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