It's official: men are better at reading cards than women … and that's all because of playing with Lego during childhood
- Professor Gina Rippon claims that playing with Lego helps boys to think differently
- She suggests contrasts due to & # 39; different experiences & # 39; of growing up, not of sex
- The professor who has added map reading is an area where there is a big difference
Men are really better than women when reading cards – but only because of the toys they had as children, an expert in the brain claims.
Playing with Lego or video games helps boys to learn to think differently than girls, who tend to play with dolls. Professor Gina Rippon says it's a myth that the brains of men and women are very different by nature.
She suggests that contrasts have to do with the & # 39; different experiences & # 39; from growing up, not with gender.
Professor of the brain Professor Gina Rippon has claimed that men are better at reading cards than women, but only because of the toys they had as children
The professor claimed that playing with Lego or video games helps boys to think differently than girls
Although there are biological differences between the brain of men and women, variations can also be attributed to & # 39; gender differences and gender experiences & # 39 ;, she said.
Professor Rippon told the Hay Festival: & The problem of map reading, which is a kind of manifestation of a spatial skill, is actually an area where there is a really robust difference.
& # 39; It seems that men are generally better able to develop spatial skills. But if you keep track of their experience with Lego and video games, it is much higher among boys and they are encouraged much more with construction toys, for example.
& # 39; So it's hard to know if the difference between adults at the beginning is really a manifestation of perhaps a small biological difference that has been magnified by a whole series of different experiences. & # 39;
Professor Rippon also added that it was a myth that the brains of men and women are inherently very different
The scientist said map reading is probably an area where there is a real big difference
A professor of cognitive neuro-imaging at Aston Brain Center, Aston University, Birmingham, she says in her book The Gendered Brain that the & # 39; map-reading stereotype & # 39; needs to be updated & # 39 ;.
Professor Rippon added: & Far from the gold standard proof that the aptitude and power differences of female men are rooted and fixed in their different biologies, spatial cognition offers a detailed and ongoing case study of the power of the world to such individual give shape to skills. & # 39;
Last year, a study found that women from countries that have made more progress in the field of equality in the workplace – such as the UK, Australia and the US – are better able to navigate than countries from countries where the role of women in society is less remote is advanced.
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