First thing to my mind in reading this: What is working memory again? According to our old friend, Wikipedia, working memory is synonymous with short term memory. That all important part of our memory which helps us “…process for reasoning, comprehension, [and] learning…” Without this, doing any kind of work in physical therapy is VERY difficult. Or at least in my experience it is.
Second thing I was thinking: What is it about the female brain that is different enough that difficulties with working memory would persist longer than men? Usually men are complaining that we remember too much: “Remember that one time 3 years ago you forgot great aunt Myrtle’s birthday dinner? That’s why I’m mad at you.” So if the concussive female could not reason to be angry with man about missing great aunt Myrtle’s dinner… no, I’m kidding. My real question was as stated above: What is different between the male and female brain that makes the recovery of this particular skill differ between the sexes? The article said that initially this portion in the male brain was even hyperactive. Very interesting. Anyone have an answer… or hypothesis?