Uncommon Knowledge: Do men understand women?


Wait—you don’t think that’s uncommon knowledge? How about the fact that scientists have determined that men have difficulty understanding women on a neurological level, because that is how their brains are hardwired? Researchers in Germany had men look at photographs of people’s eyes and attempt to identify the emotions being expressed. When the eyes in the image were those of a woman, the men took longer to answer and were less accurate in their assessments. When men’s brains were scanned during this process, it was found that the part that generates empathy was much more active when viewing the emotions of other men than of women. It appears that men perhaps evolved to be skilled at evaluating the intentions of their rivals, rather than brokering peace at home.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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