Brain usage....male and female????

F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Wed Aug 18 22:45:00 EST 1999

RE your last conjecture: if the query WAS just for "humoristic
research", it certainly succeeded!  I, for one got a big laugh out of
your authoritative-sounding pronouncements, which mixed
indiscriminately some facts, some nonsense, and some garbled mixtures
of the two. 

 An example of the latter: one hand strangling the wife, the other hand
trying to restrain the strangling hand.  I doubt very much whether this
has ever happened with a (surgically) split-brain patient.  Sounds like
an exageration of the kind of thing one might see in an ALIEN HAND
case.  (Yes, I have had a patient with alien hand syndrome.  A friend
of mine has studied alien hand syndromes extensively.  I leave it to
you to look it up and learn why this differs from split-brain cases. 
Or just to learn, period.)

Missing the point: the fellow asked if right brain controlled left body
and vice versa.  The simple answer is, "yes".  You confuse the issue by
citing retinal projections: yes, this an APPARENT exception, in that
both eyes project to both hemispheres (note: even this reverses the
question of contralateral BRAIN control of the BODY), but the left
visual field projects to the right hemisphere and the right visual 
field projects to the left hemisphere.

Can you cite any data supporting your insinuation that bimanual
coordination in skilled tasks is impaired by corpus callosum section?
Never mind "skilled" movement: do such patients have problems walking?
i.e. each leg going at its own pace? one staying while the other is
going?  both trying to step forward at once??  You ought to have your
head examined.  Or at least you ought to learn a little more before you
pop off like you know something about these things.

As regards the pop psych machismo interpretation of hemispheric
communication, the old horse-shit about reptiles, mammals, etc.--give
us a break!!

Bytheway: email must be slow in your neck of the wooods.  This was
discussed to death in this newsgroup many weeks agoo.

F. LeFever

In <7p0vf1$ocr$1 at nnrp1.deja.com> tednat at compulink.gr writes: 
>>I have just been told by a friend that aparently men only use one
>>of their brain whilst women use both.
>This might be true only for the macho men and even then not exactly.
>In this case they probably imprison their female side because of fears
>imposed to them during early years of life.
>This female side will take revenge on them, either by a bad marriage,
>or a close friendship with same sex full of arguments and
>So finally, DrDoom :), macho men loose the winning side of their brain
>because the revolution of the enslaved female side, leaves no time to
>both sides to live their life.
>Look at a camera, and then move your eyes from one side to the other.
>Afterwards, examine the recorded images in motion and if you see any
>bad eye coordination during this process, it is likely that your two
>hemispheres are not in peace and you carry a battle inside, DrDoom...
>The process of understanding and communicating is lengthy timewise...
>>I was wondering if this was accurate as I have also been told that
>>each side of the brain controls the opposite side of your body?
>Not exactly you see left eye and right eye have connection with both
>hemispheres in order to achieve left field vision by both eyes and
>right field vision by both eyes (stereoscopic).
>It is interesting to check which side you place the screen in the
>cinema or the theater.
>If you seat on the right side, you place screen on the left.
>Then your left vision is sending messages to the right side of the
>and it is likely that the illiterate but creative and analytic side of
>you has the upper hand.
>In the opposite case, your male, deductive self has the upper hand.
>>Which of these is correct or if neither is correct can anyone tell me
>>just what each area of the brain is responsible for?
>Deep part is reptilian and tries to survive.
>Middle part is mammalian.
>Outer part is what we use in order to be human.
>Now these 3 parts exist in both hemispheres.
>So we have 6 different beings trying to get control.
>As the process of understanding evolves, the communication
>between them becomes better and quality of life improves.
>If one of them or a small alliance takes over the other parts
>will create psychological or psychosomatic problems if totally
>We project on people around us our own thoughts.
>This is the only way to understand ourselves.
>Try to understand people in stead of imposing any kind of will
>on them.
>Any way the parts of our brain are many and even now scientists
>to learn about them.
>They say that in case of brain damage, remaining brain can learn
>functions that were not originally located to the remaining part.
>Also they say, singing and talking are in different parts.
>A singer had brain damage and stopped talking but continued singing.
>Epilepsie cured by cutting the corpus callosum gave interesting
>observations about the two hemispheres.
>It seems that hemispheres separated permit separate functioning of
>hands. A man tried to strangle his wife with one hand and the other
>tried to stop the first hand!!!
>Having corpus callosum intact and been able to play the piano, must
>be very interesting for whom ever play good piano.
>>Thank you in advance for any help you can offer
>>Little Steve
>I wonder if you really wanted to know, or if your letter was just
>some kind of humoristic research.
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>Share what you know. Learn what you don't.

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