Patterico's Pontifications

10/18/2007

It’s All in My Head

Filed under: Miscellaneous — DRJ @ 3:18 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

A recent but small Canadian study suggests concussions may cause longer-lasting mental impairment in women than in men:

“Up to eight months after suffering a concussion, female college-level soccer players still have impairment in certain mental functions, Canadian researchers report.

“Contrary to what is typically thought, these effects are longer-lasting,” Dr. Dave Ellemberg of the University of Montreal told Reuters Health. “They’re mild, but yet they’re prolonged.”

Any article that compares mental impairment between men and women is a goldmine for jokes, but the good news is this gives me an excuse for another 3 months.

— DRJ

18 Responses to “It’s All in My Head”

  1. Now they’re trying to blame it on concussions. What’ll they think of next?

    daleyrocks (906622)

  2. Thanks, DRJ. I put your lavish testimonials of me on my sidebar but now I will change “DRJ” to “concussed DRJ”. 😉

    nk (6e4f93)

  3. DRJ – If women read this and do something boneheaded, all of a sudden we’ll have a rash of undiagnosed concussions surfacing is what I anticipate.

    daleyrocks (906622)

  4. Wait… So blows to the head make women crazier?

    My god, we’re doomed…

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  5. In today’s PC world, by concluding there are differences between men and women, this researcher will be burned at the stake.

    Perfect Sense (b6ec8c)

  6. Great jokes, but I know you’re jealous that women think with both sides of their brain.

    DRJ (67ced6)

  7. Wow, that is an interesting study. I wonder how they could account for the disparity in severity of injury, among other things.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Itsme (77c7e1)

  8. Itsme,

    It is an interesting study. What jumped out at me is it affected flexibility and inhibition. Inhibition? That’s interesting. I wonder how they measured that.

    Finally, thanks to you and others who have always been generous in wishing me well.

    DRJ (67ced6)

  9. Yeah, how would you measure that? Especially with a bunch of college kids.

    It can’t be fun to be sidelined, but you seem to have a positive outlook on all.

    Itsme (77c7e1)

  10. Wow. Good thing Larry Summers didn’t suggest this. Heh.

    Dana (0a9c7f)

  11. Great jokes, but I know you’re jealous that women think with both sides of their brain.

    You need both sides to keep up!

    /rimshot

    Inhibition? That’s interesting. I wonder how they measured that.

    I can see it now. Some young thing, with a fresh blow to the head, is approached by a slightly dumpy researcher…

    “Hey baby…”

    Ah science… :)

    And DRJ, I’m glad you’re better as well. :)

    I just hope yer not well enough to come kick my ass. 😉

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  12. Never, Scott, and heh.

    DRJ (67ced6)

  13. Not even a little?

    Crap, I think I’m disappointed… 😉

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  14. Multiple concussions really suck. I got 4 in my Junior year of high school football, and thus ended my chances at being a benchwarmer at a NAIA Division 27 school.

    JD (ba4c77)

  15. DRJ – Was there a difference in the women between blonds and brunettes or was that not considered?

    daleyrocks (906622)

  16. More inhibited, or less? men want to know.

    Hazy (d671ab)

  17. Oh, this explains Randi Rhodes getting falling down drunk, getting a concussion, and conjuring up an attack by “Reich wing thugs”.

    PCD (b47ba5)

  18. Heh. More support for my uncle’s insistence that him being hit in the head was the least dangerous thing going…..

    Foxfier (290c52)


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