From Wired News …

[Brandon Keim] Beauty Affects Men’s and Women’s Brains Differently (23 feb 2009, Wired News)

Beauty is famously in the eye of the beholder; but it’s also in the beholder’s brain, and may work differently in the brains of men and women.

In men, images they consider to be beautiful appear to activate brain regions responsible for locating objects in absolute terms — x- and y-coordinates on a grid. Images considered beautiful by women do the same, but they also activate regions associated with relative location: above and behind, over and under. The difference could be the result of evolutionary pressures on our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

The findings, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are preliminary and based on a small number of people, but intriguing nonetheless.


Visit the “Causes of Gender-Variance, Transsexuality and Intersex” page for more on the biological and psychological differences between the sexes, in addition to more general studies on the origins and effects of gender-variance.