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Stark gender differences in art appreciation revealed

The market for art is worth US$65B worldwide but there has been little research conducted on how consumers actually determine the worth of artwork. Now, a new study co-authored by Michigan State University’s Stephanie Mangus (pictured) has found that the sexes show stark differences in how they evaluate art. The study, which appears in Psychology […]

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“Striking” differences between brains of men and women

Scientists studying brain connectivity have found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that lends credence to some commonly-held beliefs about gender traits and behaviors. The new research is detailed in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. The study, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, found greater neural connectivity […]

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Reading: up close and personal

There are no significant gender-related differences in the eye’s ability to focus at near distances, so scientists have been looking for other reasons why women need higher power reading glasses than men of an equivalent age. Their paper, in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, suggests that factors such as arm length and reading distance may […]

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Gender behaviors directly manipulated

Uncovering the individual genes that are directly influenced by testosterone and estrogen has allowed University of California, San Francisco scientists to manipulate individual behaviors in mice, such as sex drive, desire to pick fights, or willingness to spend extra time caring for their young. Explaining his work in the journal Cell, researcher Nirao Shah said […]

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IQ plummets for women in social settings

A new Virginia Tech study highlights the unexpected and dramatic consequences subtle social signals in group settings can have on individual cognitive functioning, especially for women. The researchers say settings such as juries, parties, business meetings and classrooms all have the potential to derail our cognitive skills. “You may joke about how committee meetings make […]

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Men 2% funnier than women

A University of California study by psychologist Laura Mickes has found that men are funnier than women, but not by much, and probably not because it helps them find partners. The stereotypical belief that men have a GSOH is based on an evolutionary sexual-selection argument that likens a man’s sense of humor to a peacock’s […]

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Radiation exposure impacting gender ratio

Analyzing data from population centers around normally functioning nuclear power stations, German researchers have found an increased percentage of male births. The researchers, Hagen Scherb and Kristina Voigt, from Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich, also looked at data from countries exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl accident. The findings appear inEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research. Scherb […]

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Experiments reveal aggression to be a “manhood-restoring tactic”

Manhood is difficult to earn and easy to lose; suggest experiments by University of South Florida psychologists that also showed aggression as the preferred way for men to hold onto this precarious status. “Gender is social,” explained researcher Jennifer K. Bosson in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. “Men know this. They are powerfully […]

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Gender slant on hygiene hypothesis could explain skewed disease rates

The “hygiene hypothesis” suggests that increased hygiene and sanitation is linked to higher rates of asthma, allergies and autoimmune disorders. Now, one researcher says the differences in boys’ and girls’ play-styles could explain why women are at greater risk of asthma, allergies, and autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Oregon State University’s […]

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