Girl Talk

Neurologists say that girls process words differently than boys do, which may account for their superior language skills. According to today's Scientific American: "Girls completing a linguistic abilities task showed greater activity in brain areas implicated specifically in language encoding, which decipher information abstractly. Boys, on the other hand, showed a lot of activity in regions tied to visual and auditory functions, depending on the way the words were presented during the exercise." This data may affect how language is taught to boys and girls, because, as SA points out, the finding "implies that boys need to be taught language both visually (with a textbook) and orally (through a lecture) to get a full grasp of the subject, whereas a girl may be able to pick up the concepts by either method." [Scientific American]