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Mind & Brain :: Mind Matters :: March 13, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print In one experiment, just telling a man he would be observed by a female was enough to hurt his psychological performance. By Daisy Grewal
19 January 2012 Last updated at 10:26 ET By Timothy Allen Meghalaya, India In the small hilly Indian state of Meghalaya, a matrilineal system operates with property names and wealth passing from mother to daughter rather than father to son - but some men are campaigning for change.
But by estimating the average difference in men's and women's scores on each of the test's 15 different measures of personality, and comparing them against one another, researchers found that in fact the sexes shared less ground than previously thought. The study showed that because men scored higher in some areas and women in others the differences between the sexes cancelled each other out when viewed as a simple average, but made for a significant gulf when added together.
Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.