For centuries people have realized that men and women see thing differently. Most of that difference was thought to be how each perceived the world around them, but new evidence suggests that it is due to the way our brains are wired from the womb.
A team of researchers from the Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges of the City University of New York, conducted a study on a number of people from high schools and colleges, age 16 years and up. All of the test subjects had to have 20/20 vision and normal color vision.
In the first set of tests, the subjects were asked to describe what colors they saw in the images presented to them. The colors used ranged across most of the visible spectrum. The results indicated that men had a slightly shifted perception of color than women. They equated this with the general conception that most men have more difficulty matching clothing or drapes than women do.
In the second tests, the subjects were shown images of light and dark bars. Some of the images had the bars running vertically, others horizontally. Some had thin bars and others had thick bars. In the tests, the light and dark bars in the images would alternate at varying speeds.
Again there was a difference between how the men saw the barred images and how the women saw them. This time the men fared better as they were better able to discern the images betters at higher rates of alternating and when using thinner bars.
Team leader Professor Israel Abramov described the results saying:
As with other senses, such as hearing and the olfactory system, there are marked sex differences in vision between men and women. The elements of vision we measured are determined by inputs from specific sets of thalamic neurons into the primary visual cortex.
The team pointed out that the cerebral cortex of man’s brain, there are higher concentrations of androgen receptors (male sex hormone receptors). The androgen receptors are key in regulating the development of neurons in the cerebral cortex during embryonic development. The result of the developmental regulation is that men in general have approximately 25% more neurons in this area of the brain which includes the visual cortex.
Prof. Abramov explained:
We suggest that, since these neurons are guided by the cortex during embryogenesis, that testosterone plays a major role, somehow leading to different connectivity between males and females.
To this point, it is a very good study and does prove that men and women do see things differently from each other. However, in the very last statement of the report I read, Abramov makes that fatal slide into evolution which I found quite insightful as he concluded:
The evolutionary driving force between these differences is less clear.
No wonder it’s less clear because it doesn’t exist.
When God made woman from man’s rib, He did more than just duplicate the man. He formed the woman to be different on purpose so that she would complement and complete the man. Women were made to look at the world differently in more than just vision, but emotional and personal. Where man often looks at the world in a more analytical way, the woman sees it more esthetically. A man looks out across a scene and sees trees that need to be cleared to make room for planting and the woman sees grass, flowers and leaves fluttering to the ground. A man sees a deer or rabbit and thinks of food for his family and woman looks at them and ‘ahhhhhhhhh’ at their beauty.
My wife sees things I don’t and vice versa. It’s part of the special relationship between and husband and wife that makes us one. I for one am thankful that God made men and women to see things differently.
Rannals, Lee. Scientists Confirm Women And Men See Things Differently, Red Orbit, Sept. 4, 2012.
by Susan Hunt
“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” –Genesis 2:18
God did not make a mistake when He made men and women different. He had a distinctive plan and a distinctive purpose for each, stamping the helper design upon women at creation. This book is a joyous celebration of that profound fact. But it is more. It is a rallying cry to the church to retain one of its most valuable–and nearly forgotten–resources: its women.
By Design is not about answering feminist arguments or exegeting biblical passages on traditional roles, submission, or headship. Instead, it is an uplifting and practical introduction to God’s wonderful design for women. It is also a challenge to women everywhere to explore the significance of your distinctives and return to your biblical calling. And it is a plea for the church to equip and mobilize you to help a hurting world and capture a culture for Christ through ministries of mercy and compassion.
Like Susan Hunt’s previous works, this book is a strong affirmation of your value as a woman and a great resource for anyone involved in women’s ministries.
Paperback; 198 pages