Study claims men have better sense of direction than women
Watch out ladies, a study says men have a better sense of direction.
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology used MRI scans to track brain activity as participants completed tasks in a digital maze.
Men were able to solve 50 percent more of the tasks than women—apparently due to the difference in the navigational strategies employed.
According to Carl Pintzka, a PhD candidate at the university's neuroscience department, "If they're going to the Student Society building in Trondheim, for example, men usually go in the general direction where it's located. Women usually orient themselves along a route to get there, for example, 'go past the hairdresser and then up the street and turn right after the store'."
Next, drops of testosterone were given to women to see if this increased their ability to solve more tasks.
That didn't happen, but it did result in greater knowledge of the maze layout and activated a part of the brain typically used by men while navigating.
It's hoped the research will be useful in the study of Alzheimer's—a disease that significantly deteriorates one's sense of direction and disproportionately impacts women.