Article by Dr Lynda Shaw
Whilst there is no direct evidence to suggest that one gender experiences compassion more than the other, women naturally enjoy higher levels of ‘oxytocin’, which allows them to express compassion through bonding, nurturing and an ability to empathise with others.
The hippocampus area of a woman’s brain is known to be more active than men. Professor Stephen Lawrie, researcher from Edinburgh University led a study that revealed that women are on the whole quicker at recalling faces, events, names and objects.
Women find it easier to acclimatise to sounds and words, with greater activity showing in areas of the brain responsible for language encoding. Unlike men who need sensory support to process the information, women respond better to audio stimulation and are four...