The Science Behind Why Men And Women See The World Differently
"This may explain why she wants to spend hours coordinating your drapes with the azaleas she bought that day, while you just want to play stickball in the street with Mick-dog."
Empirical research has been conducted, and the results are in: Shes and hes see the world differently. Sure, when you spy a PS3 you see a Sunday afternoon of fantastic times, whereas she envisions an immense obstacle in getting to know you on a deeper emotional level, but in this case the difference is acutely scientific. According to researchers at New York’s City University, women are better at seeing differences in colour, while men are better at seeing rapidly moving objects.
This may explain why she wants to spend hours coordinating your drapes with the azaleas she bought that day while you just want to play stickball in the street with Mick-dog. After surveying the vision of men and women who all had 20/20 vision and normal colour vision, the researchers first found that men found it harder to make out troublesome “middle” colours, like bluey-greens.
"Across most of the visible spectrum males require a slightly longer wavelength than do females in order to experience the same hue," wrote study author Professor Israel Abramov.
In the second round of experiments, the researchers figured out that men were able to process rapidly changing images much better than women. Subsequently, they believe that high concentrations of androgen (better known as the glorious male sex hormone) receptors in the visual cortex of our brains help us along in this department and also pick up on finer details. Numerically, men have 25% more neurons in the visual cortex department than women.
"We suggest that, since these neurons are guided by the cortex during embryogenesis, that testosterone plays a major role, somehow leading to different connectivity between males and females," Professor Abramov said.
Biologists believe the reason for all this is because, back when we were all hairy, knuckle-drugging shmoes with poor oral hygiene, men were better equipped to spot distant animals (ie. Delicious food) while women were built to cast a worried, maternal eye over the edibility of foraged foods. Ooga booga, indeed.