Study shows women multitask better while male brains become 'overwhelmed' during same task

The Japan Times

A study Wednesday said a tricky brain-teaser throws off men's walking gait but leaves most women unfazed, reopening an age-old debate about mental gender differences. On a treadmill, men -- and women over 60 -- started swinging their right arm less while grappling with a complicated language test, researchers found. Language function and right arm swing are both thought to be controlled mainly by the brain's left hemisphere. "Women under 60 seemed to be resistant to this effect, as they were able to perform the verbal task with no change in arm swing," said study co-author Tim Killeen, a neuroscientist from the University Hospital Balgrist in Switzerland. "In men and older women, the verbal task appears to overwhelm the left brain to the extent that the movement of the arm on the right is reduced."



Men are equally capable of multi-tasking, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Women are not inherently better at multi-tasking - and that's according to scientists. A study examining the long-asserted myth has proved that men are just as capable of juggling numerous jobs simultaneously. In fact, despite years of claims to the contrary, it transpires that both genders are equally able, or unable, to do more than one task concurrently. A team of researchers led by Dr Patricia Hirsch of Germany's Aachen University reached the conclusion after analysing 48 men and 48 women, with an average age of 24, in letter or number identification tasks. Some participants were asked to pay attention to two tasks at once, known as concurrent multitasking.


Stereotypes are allowing both sexes to 'wimp out' of doing things based on gender

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Claims that women are better at multi-tasking are a myth, a leading female academic said yesterday. Professor Gina Rippon, of Aston University, said that stereotypes that purport to be based on science are just allowing men and women to'wimp out' of doing things based on their sex. She said that women become'wired' for multi-tasking not because of anything innate, but because that is what society expects of them. Professor Rippon, who lecures in Neuroscience said the idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus is'trash', the professor And Prof Rippon said that the segregation between girls and boys even occurs from a young age - with them being given different toys to play with and different books to read - and that could change the way in which their brains develop. She told an audience at Swansea University that boys' toys can often be more training-based while girls' toys are more nurturing.


Science Museum is slammed for test which claims to show if your brain is male or female

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have hit out at a London museum over an exhibit which apparently reveals whether a person's brain is male or female. Visitors at Science Museum London can take part by answering a number of questions – with a'sex-o-meter' analysing the responses. An arrow then points to a blue or pink section, representing male and female respectively. But some people have slated the exhibit on social media for its'antiquated gender stereotypes' while researchers have also questioned its value. The Science Museum London's brain gender test has proved controversial with some claiming it is enforcing stereotypes The test says that men can see things better in three dimensions and are more able to imagine how things rotate while women have better visual memories and can distinguish more easily between subtle details.