‘Hyperscanning’ shows sex differences in the brains of pairs asked to cooperate with one another

Forgoing fMRI in favor of “hyperscanning” with near-infrared spectroscopy, or NIRS, Stanford researchers have uncovered intriguing differences in brain activity between males and females who have been asked to cooperate.

“It’s not that either males or females are better at cooperating or can’t cooperate with each other,” says Allan Reiss, MD, lead author of the study behind the findings. “Rather, there’s just a difference in how they’re cooperating.”

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