Feminine intuition is the ability of women to understand situations on the fly and solve problems without resorting to the rational and reflective thought typical of men.
And according to a study conducted between the Universities of Granada, Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona and Middlesex University of London, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, this gift develops from intrauterine life.
The research, conducted by Manuel Espin, shows that the female brain it is influenced - in favor of intuition - even in the womb because exposed to low amounts of testosterone, the male hormone, which instead 'instills' rationality and reflexive abilities.
This study, says Giulio Maira, head of the Neurosurgery Institute of the city's Catholic University, offers further evidence that some differences between male and female brains arise under the influence of sex hormones, testosterone for him and estrogen for her. In particular, this study shows that hormonal influence begins already before birth.
Women often allow themselves to be guided by unconscious mental processes that run along parallel lines to those of reflective thinking, intuition. Man, says Maira, has a more rational brain since the two cerebral hemispheres (right and left) are less connected to each other than those of the female brain. The woman, he points out, having more connections between them, has a more holistic and intuitive brain.
There are studies, continues Maira, which show that children's brains are quite similar in the two sexes before sexual maturation, that is, before it is placed under the influence of hormonal differences that appear only with adolescence, when in females they are abundant estrogen and testosterone in males.
This does not exclude, underlines Maira, that estrogen exposure could precondition the female fetus brain, as well as testosterone exposure.
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This is what the Spanish and English scientists seem to have demonstrated: by enrolling 600 young people of both sexes, the experts subjected the entire sample to a questionnaire to estimate the intuitive abilities of each.
Then for each participant they calculated il ratio between the length of the index finger and the length of the ring finger. This relationship (it was demonstrated years ago) is indicative of the testosterone levels that the individual was exposed to during intrauterine life.
The higher the testosterone exposure, the more masculine the individual and the lower the index / ring finger ratio.
Well, as it was expected it emerged that women are on average more intuitive than men. But by looking at the index / ring finger ratio, the researchers saw that women with a lower index-to-ring finger ratio (therefore exposed to higher testosterone concentrations in utero) are less intuitive than those with a higher ratio. A sign that in a certain sense they have a more 'masculine' brain.
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