June 11, 2011

SO, THE IN-LAWS BOUGHT US A NEW STOVE...:

Male Brains Aren't Designed To Listen to Female Voices (StyleCaster, Jun 8, 2011, Yahoo)

If you've ever spent time telling a guy a story or asking him a question, only to get a blank stare in response, then you know that there's definitely truth to this claim that guys weren't designed to hear us speak. I had a similar experience at brunch this weekend when I was going on and on to a male friend about something I can't even remember anymore. When I got to the end of my rant and finally asked him if he agreed with me on the topic at hand, his answer was, "sorry, I really wasn't listening to a word you said."

Even though I was incredibly frustrated with him, he did bring up a good point, asking, "would you rather I lie and say I heard you?" This little exchange, as insignificant as it was, did make me wonder exactly what it is that makes it so easy for men to tune us out.

As it turns out, a study published in the journal NeuroImage sought to answer the very same question. Researchers found that there are major differences in the way male and female brains process voice sounds. Different brain regions are activated in men, depending on whether they're hearing a male or female voice.


...which naturally led The Wife to replace the fridge, the floors, etc. I told her to go ahead and do whatever she wanted as long as she never asked me for any input, which would only be ignored and/or get me in trouble.

But she violated this rule and started talking to me about some kitchen-related detail, at the end of which disquisition she nodded her head to the side in that matter that seemed to indicate I was supposed to answer some question. Having not heard a blessed word I had no idea what was expected at this point. So I very politely apologized and said I couldn't respond to said query because my last coherent thought had involved Salma Hayek and a giant vat of butterscotch pudding, rather than the kitchen. There may have been better ways to handle the dilemma....


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