Sexual orientation 'affects map reading skills'

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Sexual orientation 'affects map reading skills'

 

Sans Tache

I knew it was true but never had the study to back it up. However, this study doesn't answer the age old question of why men don't ask for directions when they get lost.
This was just a wee-bit-o-fun for a Friday. I hope you all have a great weekend...

[url=http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2347538.html]Sexual orientation 'affects map reading skills'[/url]

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Straight men are best at map reading and heterosexual women worst, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Warwick say sexual orientation, as well as gender, affects navigation skills, reports the Daily Telegraph.

But then...

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But old age withers all men's minds alike, and at a faster rate than women's, according to Prof Elizabeth Maylor.
"This is a novel finding," she said. "Only gender has an effect on rate of ageing, not sexual orientation."

However...

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Men outperformed women on tests such as mentally rotating objects and matching angles, while women outperformed men in verbal dexterity tests, and remembering the locations of objects.

Concluding...

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...men may be better at map reading, women are better at finding the car keys.

500_Apples

I think as a rule of thumb, when people comment on a new study, they should try and post a link to the original study if possible rather than a news article on the study, or maybe both.

I've seen it time and again that news articles will get things wrong in an effort to dumb things down or make them exciting.

Here it is:

[url=http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_research_finds... to Original Paper[/url]

Abstract:

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Abstract Despite some evidence of greater age-related deterioration of the brain in males than in females, gender differences in rates of cognitive aging have proved inconsistent. The present study employed web-based methodology
to collect data from people aged 20–65 years (109,612 men; 88,509 women). As expected, men outperformed women on tests of mental rotation and line angle judgment, whereas women out performed men on tests of category fluency and
object location memory. Performance on all tests declined with age but significantly more so for men than for women. Heterosexuals of each gender generally outperformed bisexuals and homosexuals on tests where that gender was superior; however, there were no clear interactions between age and sexual orientation for either gender. At least for these particular tests from young adulthood to retirement, age is kinder to women than to men, but treats heterosexuals,
bisexuals, and homosexuals just the same.

By the way, I did "Edit Find: map" in the pdf file and I couldn't find anything. So, unless I've linked to a paper which is strikingly similar, the headline would be kind of offensive as the paper doesn't discuss maps or map reading skills.

[ 25 May 2007: Message edited by: 500_Apples ]

Blondin

My sexual orientation was affected when I had one of those MRI scans. For two weeks afterward every time I got an erection I pointed north. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]