Maggie Gallagher on "The Growing Science of Sex Difference"


NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher's syndicated column in Human Events:

The headline at the online magazine just about says it all: "Sex on the Brain Proves Costly for Men."

In an intriguing set of empirical studies just published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, a team of social scientists led by professor Sanne Nauts shows that the mere prospect of speaking with an unknown woman reduces men's (but not women's) performance on cognitive tasks.

In the first study, 71 college students at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands were asked to complete a "lip-reading task" while supposedly being observed on a webcam by an unseen researcher who would instant message them. When the alleged researcher messaging them was named "Lisa," the men performed worse than when the purported observer messaging them had a male name.

In a second study -- this one involving 90 students -- the researchers decided to create even more distance between actual interaction with a woman to see if merely imagining that they were about to interact with a woman could affect men's cognitive performance.


  1. Bill
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Well then, the logical conclusion is that the world should be run by Lesbians. Thank you, Maggie.

  2. Little man
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    This study pertains to young men, not men in general. And it could include someone named Bill.

  3. Ash
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    An interesting and funny article. It confirms everything I've read about these sorts of sexual differences between men and women.

    @Bill, why lesbians? The study showed that women in general are not really concerned about the gender of people they encounter, as opposed to men. I don’t even think that lesbians were included in the study. You should read the entire article, because your comment doesn’t make sense.

  4. Chairm
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Ash,Bill did not mean to make sense.

    His flippant remark is pointless but he cannot allow himself to appear to agree with whatever Maggie writes or cites.

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