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Scientists studying the matter generally believe multitasking, and women's superiority at it, to be a myth. Men come out slightly better multitaskers than women but there's not really any meaningful difference. The way it's defined is critical though; it's being able to do two things that typically require focal attention at the exact same time. For ...


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A large part is cultural, because, until recently, the people with the best education and most of the money have been men. Sexism kept women out of schools for a long time. It also kept pushing women into what were perceived to be more appropriate studies (nothing technical) when they were allowed into schools. Have a look at the sexism page at Wikipedia. ...


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There is a very large literature on this, and it features many subtle points, but I will try to summarize some general themes. In general, subjects are very consistent at ranking pictures of others for attractiveness (thus, eliminating the popular notion of "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"). For instance Cunnigham et al. (1995) found a correlation of ...


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This is a big topic, which I don't feel I can do justice to, but here are a few thoughts nonetheless. It's also important to see how resort to biological arguments could help to perpetuate such gender differences. Brain is not behaviour Brain differences are irrelevant if they do not manifest in behaviour. Thus, to show that size of structure of the brain ...


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Caveats Even when the degree of men's and women's desires to have children are forced by study parameters into yes/no pigeonholes, there are very few studies, and the results are arguably inconclusive. Also, men's and women's rates of desire to have children are continuously shifting, and thus the answer may change over time. Finally, the studies have been ...


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The short answer: No, sex differences in professions is not a good basis for judging the intelligence of males and females. This question has already received flags to be closed. However, I think it should be left open particularly because it can be answered and I would like to address some of the assumptions and misconceptions in the question. First, I ...


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The frequency of a behavior is not what makes that behavior an addiction. For example, take walking. Most people take hundreds, if not thousands of steps each day. Nevertheless walking is not considered an addiction in most cases. Why? It is not something that the organism must do to survive, it is a voluntary behavior, yet no-one would think you addicted ...


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In men, Mitchell et al (1998) found that positive mood induced by music affected greater sexual arousal, and that musically induced negative mood affected reduced sexual arousal. In women, Ter Kuile et al (2010) found similar results for women. However, your question is not quite addressed by these studies. Whereas these studies address the effect of mood ...


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This is not my area, but I think the definition of addiction is contentious for many reasons. Addiction often has normative implications; i.e., that addiction is bad. It can imply an inability to not do the act. It doesn't seem useful to me to talk about being addicted to the needs necessary for survival, such as breathing, eating, excreting, modulating ...


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I like to think of multitasking as rapid task switching. See Pashler's (2000) article for the implications of "multitasking." References Pashler, H. (2000). Task switching and multitask performance. To appear in Monsell, S., and Driver, J. (editors). Attention and Performance XVIII: Control of mental processes. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press


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I was shocked at how difficult it was to find systematic scientific research on the psychology of flatulence. The main empirical paper appears to be one by Lippman (1980). It seems to be hard to get a copy of the original. However, the author of the Neurotic Physiology blog discusses the paper at length. Lippman study Lippman asked participants to rank ...


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I would like to point out impact of having kids. In typical case, kids have much greater impact on many levels of her life, than on his. I have seen more research on this topic, but now I found just a few examples Anne-Marie Nicot (2009) Impact of parenthood on careers of young men and women read - not original research Does having children create ...


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The initial report of men finding women more attractive in red or even with a red background on a photo did receive a lot of press. However, the study has since been done in reverse. Women tend to find red more attractive on men as well... or even with a red background on their photo. Red, rank, and romance in women viewing men. Elliot, Andrew J.; ...


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The inverse of your first question might hold generally true: that desired sexual frequency could influence a woman's actual sexual frequency. Willoughby and Vitas (2012) conducted a study focusing on the sexual desired discrepancy between male and females. They make reference to sexual desire discrepancy (SDD) - difference between one's desired frequency ...


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Gary Wilson notes that porn combined with masturbation could be an addiction. Masturbation by itself, however, seems to be completely natural. There seems to be two schools of thought on this topic: (i) masturbation is addiction, (ii) masturbation is not an addiction. People note that porn is an addiction due to the novelty of it. Also sex addiction is not ...


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I imagine there would be a huge literature on this topic. I found one interesting article by Inglehart and Norris (2000). I recommend reading the article. The article reports empirical findings relating to gender differences in voting patterns across countries and over time. It also discusses some of the proposed reasons for these differences. The authors ...


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Most of society can't agree entirely on how to define manliness. Two broad ways come to mind as to how it might be done though. The first way would be to use gender or sex (depending on one's reasons for asking, I suppose) as a criterion variable for exploratory analysis of related variables. A statistical analysis like multiple logistic regression could be ...


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I think I read in some book or other, maybe called Mindfulness, by E.J.Langer (ISBN 0201523418), that William James (?) taught himself to write about one topic while discussing another topic. However, he could not remember what he wrote about afterward, and the writing was not very compelling in any case. I think it may be possible to do more than one ...


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First of all, I agree that socialization and culture are most certainly the main reasons why today most famous inventors are male. If you are looking for sex differences that may explain further variance, studies have found that the variance in IQ (g) among males is greater than among females: Some studies have identified the degree of IQ variance as a ...



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