It’s official! Men have lower attention spans than women

Monday, February 28, 2011

LONDON - Do you struggle to make your man give attention to what you say? Well, now even science says that men have lower attention spans than women.

Also, women are far more likely to learn from experience than men, who immediately assume they know everything, reveals a new Abertay University study.

The revelations came to light when two groups of gibbons, biological cousins to humans, were presented with a rake-like tool, with one group given seven days to observe and play around with it.

Grapes were then put just out of reach of the animals so they could use the rake to reach them.

Male gibbons immediately investigated the tool, but the females were far more cautious until they knew the object was safe, reports the Scotsman.

Gibbons are monogamous so researchers considered their lifestyle to mirror that of humans, and the results have opened new questions about the sex differences in learning.

“Males are very eager to explore new things. Certainly in humans women find very attractive as a kind of risk-taking male. So males are very quick to rush in, but once they had experience of it and discovered there was nothing really to be gained from it, they pretty much ignored it,” said lead researcher Clare Cunningham, of the Gibbon Conservation Centre near Los Angeles, California.

“Females were slower in general. They were much more cautious, which is something we would predict because really females would have much more to lose if the situation turned out to be dangerous,” she added. (ANI)

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