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Uncommon Knowledge: Do men and women see things differently?

Owl Eyeglass Holder | UncommonGoodsYou might assume the answer is, “Well, duh.” But it can be literally and scientifically stated that men and women do, in fact, see things differently. Humans have some distinct sex differences in our senses. For example, women have a more developed sense of smell than men. In this case, researchers at City University of New York conducted a series of tests to find out whether gender affects vision as well. One test showed that men and women perceive the same wavelength of light as slightly different colors. Also, women have a heightened ability to distinguish between similar shades of color. On the other hand, male eyes are more adept at taking in details that move quickly or appear only for a moment. The scientists hypothesize that these differences develop as a result of testosterone levels in the embryo, but they can’t fully explain what advantage they might have imparted to their specific genders.

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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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