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Member since 29 Jun 2006
Member from Shirley
"Newser) – Women always thought they were smarter, and now IQ tests are backing them up. James Flynn, an IQ expert, collated results from tests around the world and said women have taken the lead for the first time, the Telegraph reports. "This is a consequence of modernity," said Flynn. "The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ." But why the female boost? "Because they were disadvantaged in the past."
Flynn looked at IQ tests from the US, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, and Estonia, and found that the male/female IQ gap was insignificant in westernized countries, the Daily Mail reports. But in Argentina, Estonia, and New Zealand, women scored marginally higher. The so-called "Flynn Effect," named after him in the 1980s, showed that modern life had boosted the IQ of many people around the world."
"Here's another study for the "obvious" file: Women are smarter than men. As you reach for this file (which by now should be located in an easy-to-reach spot on your desk) you'll likely notice several other stories bearing the same headline.
For example, a 2008 Higher Education Policy Institute report said women are not only more likely to get into better schools, they're also more likely to outperform the men once there.
Then, in 2009, a British researcher named Adrian Furnham released a report which said men and women likely have the same levels of intelligence, but men are more apt to think they are smarter than women. Another story for the "Obvious" file.
In 2010, some researchers created an online version of the popular board game "Trivial Pursuit" to study which sex has the better brain. Five months and more than 15 million questions later, the researchers said women answered more questions correctly than men.
Today's report says women, on average, score 5 points higher than men in IQ tests. According to James Flynn, an expert on IQ tests, this is the first time in over 100 years women have scored higher than men, and it's likely due to all that multi-tasking women are so gosh-darned good at.
"In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women's have risen faster," said Flynn.
"This is a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ," he added.
Mr. Flynn's research suggests taking care of kids, holding down a job, and keeping up with the resulting schedules of each can really pump up a woman's brain power. Though women have always had this mental power (a point raised in Furnham's 2009 research) Mr. Flynn says they're only now realizing it.
"The full effect of modernity on women is only just emerging," said Flynn. He plans to alert the women of the world about their mental super powers in an upcoming book. He also says he plans to conduct more research to fully explain the ever-rising intelligence of the fairer sex.
Looking to women from Argentina, Canada, Estonia, western Europe, New Zealand and the United States, Mr. Flynn's report shows that the gap, though minimal, is more apparent in westernized countries where women are more likely to work and take care of families.
When Mr. Flynn studied the IQs of women in Australia, he found men and women were almost identical.
It's all a part of evolution, says Mr. Flynn, who also suspects British women are smarter than British men, though there isn't enough data to prove him right.
"As the world gets more complex, and living in it demands more abstract thought, so people are adapting."
While a peer-reviewed study is always a nice "so there!" to end any Battle-of-the-Sexes argument, it's also worth noting that anyone married to a woman is likely already well aware of this fact."
Probably I shouldn't comment....
Oh I can't stop myself! I TOLD you so!
Member since 26 Nov 2006
Member from Dobson
Not really news BD, all women have known that since Adam was a cowboy.
Member since 29 Feb 2008
Member from Christchurch CBD
An Cunning TOO !!!!
Member since 23 Nov 2009
Member from Stratford
That Aussie result is interesting though innit?
Member since 04 Oct 2007
Member from Te Awamutu
The idea with men is to let them THINK they thought of it first
Member since 28 May 2011
Member from Point Chevalier
Hell i knew women were more intelligent than men, soon as they told me to get on my bike
Member since 11 Oct 2006
Member from Wainuiomata
Makes me homesick for Aussie, Where men are men and women are men too.
Member since 28 May 2008
Member from Wrights Bush
I refuse to play Trivial Pursuit though with my other half. He's one of those blokes who seems to know a little of everything. Obscure questions about people I have never heard of, yet he has.
"That Aussie result is interesting though innit?"
Indeed - clearly the huge influx of Kiwis is having a positive effect on the Oz IQ.
Member since 03 May 2012
Member from Maraetai
""Woman was taken out of man, not out of his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot; but out of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved"
"Aunt Daisy 1963"
Member since 04 Jan 2008
10 Its nice to be loved like that;
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