New York: Researchers have found that women tend to perform better on math and verbal tests at higher temperatures, while men perform the same tests best at lower temperatures. “Consistent with their preferences for temperature, for both math and verbal tasks, women perform better at higher temperatures while men perform better at lower temperatures,” said study authors Tom Chang from the University of Southern California and Agne Kajackaite from WZB Berlin Social Science Centre.
Although previous studies say that women tend to prefer higher indoor temperatures than men, no experimental research examining temperature’s effect on cognitive performance has taken possible gender differences into account.
Temperature did not appear to impact performance on the logic test for either gender. The researchers suggest that ambient temperature might impact more than just comfort, noting that it is possible that “ordinary variations in room temperature can affect cognitive performance significantly and differently for men and women”. (IANS)
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