Why Men and Women Can Never See Eye-to-Eye

A new study explains how men and women see differently – literally.

Recent research has confirmed that men and women literally see the world differently.

It turns out that men’s brains don’t process what their eyes see the way women’s brains do (or vice versa). Researchers from Brooklyn College and the CUNY’s Hunter College came to this conclusion after studying volunteers who were over age 16 and had normal color vision and 20/20 vision.

Here’s how the National Institutes of Health summed up the researchers’ findings – which were published in the Sept. 3 issue of a journal called, of course, Biology of Sex Differences:

Men are more sensitive to fine detail and things that move rapidly, but women are better at differentiating between colors….

When the participants looked at colors across the spectrum, the researchers found that the men needed a slightly longer wavelength to detect the same hue as the women. They also had more trouble discriminating between colors in the center of the spectrum.

Men were better able to resolve images that changed rapidly.

So what accounts for the difference? “Testosterone, the male sex hormone, may play a role in these differences, the researchers added.”

Stacy Johnson

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