After exhausting analysis, hours and hours of mind-numbing fact finding, and formulating perplexing schematics, I may have discovered the breakthrough of the decade. Or I just bought a book at the mall that answered the question women are dying to know: "Why don't men listen?"
In the September 2005 issue of the journal Neuroimage, psychiatric researchers at the University of Sheffield reported that male and female voices activate distinct regions in the male brain. The scientists monitored the brain activity of 12 men as they listened to male and female voices. They found that in men, women's voices stimulate an area of the brain used for processing complex sounds like music. Male voices, on the other hand, activate a region of the brain used for producing imagery. This may suggest that, at least for men, the female voice is more complex and more difficult to hear and understand.
An earlier study in the July 2001 issue of Radiology also showed that men and women listen differently. In this study, researchers had 20 men and 20 women listening to a passage from a novel. While listening they underwent an MRI of the brain. A majority of the men showed exclusive activity on the left side of the brain, but a majority of women showed activity on both sides of the brain.
So as you just read there is scientific evidence to excuse the occasional male laspes in listening to their female partners especially when they are talking about shoes.
The suggested comeback if you are accused of not listening by your special lady: "Honey I try so hard to listen. It's just that my brain is incapable of doing what my heart desires." (Then go back to watching TV.)