A new study suggests female intuition is linked to lower exposure to testosterone in the womb.
To understand why some women are more intuitive than men, researchers in Spain decided to evaluate the impact of prenatal exposure to the hormone testosterone. To do so, they used a measure called digital ratio, which is calculated by dividing the length of the forefinger by that of the ring finger of the same hand. A small ratio indicates that more testosterone was received before birth, which translates in more reflexive (or ‘masculine’) brains.
The researchers defined intuitive thought as that which is processed automatically, with little cognitive effort. They argue that the ‘feminine’ brain is more intuitive and less reflexive, making women more emphatic and not very keen on taking risks.
To prove their theory they recruited 600 volunteers and asked them to complete the Cognitive Reflection Test (CRT), which was designed to…
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