Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Are men and women really that different?

It has often been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but are we really that different?

According to researchers at a University in Turin, Italy who examined personality tests from 10,000 people, using methods which they believe to be more accurate than previous measures, there are indeed large differences in personality for men and women. Although researchers did not stipulate what these differences were, they tested participants using 15 personality scales which measured traits such as warmth, sensitivity, and perfectionism.

Aside from personality though, are there other ways in which we differ?

Indeed, women are reported to be at higher risk of developing dementia but men are more likely to develop mild memory loss than women, according to the journal Neurology. Interestingly though, researchers at the University of Montreal have found that if an experience was unpleasant or emotionally provocative a women’s memory of it is less likely to be as accurate as that of a man.

A study published in the Journal of Pain also found women are more likely to report more intense pain than men for virtually all disease categories, including migraine and sinusitis.

Furthermore, men are more affected by the presence of the opposite sex it seems. Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Amsterdam and Oxford have suggested that the number of kind and selfless acts performed by men corresponded to the attractiveness of ladies nearby whereas the behaviour of women in the reversed scenario remained the same.

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