Posted On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 09:28:51 AM
Washington: So you thought ‘bird-watching’ was a male domain? According to a new study, men are best at recognising cars while women can spot birds better.
Vanderbilt psychologists in a test of objectrecognition found that men and women see objects differently, with women better at recognising living things and men vehicles.
The study performed an analysis on data from a series of visual recognition tasks collected in the process of developing a new standard test for expertise in object recognition.
“Our motivation was to assess the role that expertise plays in object recognition with a new test that includes many different categories, so we weren’t looking for this result,” said Professor of Psychology, Isabel Gauthier.
They administered a test with eight categories of visually similar objects, like leaves, owls, butterflies, wading birds, mushrooms, cars, planes and motorcycles to 227 subjects – 75 male and 82 female – with amean age of 23.
The researchers found that increasing the number of categories revealed a large sex difference: Women proved significantly better at recognising living things while men were better at recognising vehicles. The results were published in the Vision Research journal.