Gender and Optical Illusions

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Do Boys and Girls See Optical Illusions Differently?


Do Boys and Girls See Optical Illusions Differently?

The goal of this paper is to focus on how gender affects what people see in optical illusions. The differences of male and female brains affect how boys and girls act and perceive the world. If there’s a difference in the vision of boys and girls then there will probably be a difference in how they see an optical illusion. Studies show that there are multiple differences in the male and female brain. There are different types of optical illusions, but this paper is mainly about ambiguous illusions because that is what will be used in the experiment. Ambiguous illusions are pictures with multiple images in them. Evidence from the brain proves that our eyes never actually play tricks on us. It’s our brains and how they perceive the information our eyes send to it. To answer the question, do boys and girls see optical illusions differently, the brain’s relationship with the eyes, the differences between the male and female brain, the differences in the male and female visual system, and how optical illusions work must be factors to understand the subject completely.

Everybody knows that boys and girls are very different. They look different, act different, like different things, perform differently in school and sports, and are just different people! Studies have shown multiple differences in how male and female brains function differently. One of the most interesting differences is how the male brains process language, estimate time, judge speed, carry out mental math calculations, view the orientation of space, and visualize three dimensional objects better then women. Women are better at human relations, recognizing emotional overtones in others and language, emotional artistic expressiveness, esthetic appreciation, verbal language, and carrying out pre- planned tasks. Scientists think that this might explain why there are more men mathematician, scientist, and race car drivers then female ones. Scientists at Jon Hopkins University have found that the inferior-parietal lobule (IPL) in the cortex is larger in men. The left side IPL is bigger then the right side of the male brain, but for women the right side is larger. Past studies have shown that the left IPL is larger in Albert Einstein’s brain and the brain of other physicists and mathematicians. The left IPL is responsible for perception of time and speed, and the ability to rotate three dimensional objects, while the right side is responsible for memory involved in understanding and manipulating spatial relationships, and the perception of our affects and feelings. There are also two areas in the frontal-temporal lobes related to language that is larger in women. Women process language on both sides of the frontal brain, while men process it only on the left side. This might suggest why men are better at things like calculations and estimating time, and women are better with emotions and communicating. There are many other differences in the male and female brains. There are more differences in men and women then boys and girls. Cultural learning creates an even larger difference! Other studies have shown that more feminine women have a larger straight gyrus (SG) then less feminine women, though the difference hasn’t been shown to change how they act or think. Multiple studies have shown that males have an advantage with the left eye that affect perception of photographed faces, scattered dots, and line orientations. But there are no differences with schematic faces, depth or color. Women do use the left hemisphere of the brain more often to solve visual-spatial problems then men. Though there are many differences in the male and female brain, there are little differences that may affect vision.

Our eyes are set up a lot like a camera. The pupil is an opening where light enters the eye. The pupil has two curved, transparent structures; the...
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