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Men And Women See Different

Men And Women See Different

How men and women see differently…

A new study has discovered that men and women do not see the world in the same way. The research, led by Israel Abramov, a psychology at Brooklyn College, showed that males excel at tracking fast moving objects and picking up detail from a distance whereas women are better at perceiving color. The researchers say the results show that human sight evolved to fit our hunter-gather nature.

In color experiments the men and women tended to ascribe different shades to the same objects. The researchers believe they know why:

“Across most of the visible spectrum males require a slightly longer wavelength than do females in order to experience the same hue.”

Since longer wavelengths are associated with “warmer” colors, an orange may appear redder to a man than to a woman. Likewise grass typically appears greener to women, as men tend to see slightly yellower shades of green.

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How Men and Women See Differently

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The study also found that men are less adept at distinguishing shades in the colors at the center of the spectrum – blues, greens, and yellows.

Men however, were better at detecting quick-changing details from afar. The team says this advantage comes from a development in the visual cortex, which is boosted by masculine hormones. Since males have higher levels of testosterone, they’re born with 25 percent more neurons in this brain region than females.

The findings support the so-called hunter-gatherer hypothesis, which theorizes that the sexes evolved specific psychological abilities to fit their prehistoric roles.

Men who developed “significantly greater sensitivity for fine detail and for rapidly moving stimuli would [be able to] detect possible predators or prey from afar and also identify and categorize these objects more easily.”

Whereas female “gatherers” would have been better adapted to recognize objects static, close-at-hand objects such as wild berries.

John Barbur, professor of optics and visual science at City University London who did not work on the study noted that females are often “worse off in terms of absolute chromatic [color] sensitivity than males.” But when it comes to noticing subtle differences among shades of a color, women tend to come out on top, as they did in Abramov’s experiments.

“If you’re not dealing with the absolute sensitivity for color detection but the way in which colors are judged—such as the ability to describe a color, or what that color means, and so on,” he said, “I’d say that females are definitely much better than males.” Burbur added.


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  1. James Owen: Men and Women Really Do See Things Differently. National Geographic, 09/07/2012.

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