Women Make More Nuanced Decisions
Decision-Making Split by Gender
Men have been found to make more absolute, black-and-white judgements, while women lean more towards nuanced decisions, a new British study claims. The study was conducted by Vickie Pasterski, Karolina Zwierzynska and Zachary Estes from the University of Warwick and was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. The researchers asked 113 individuals whether 50 objects fitted partially, fully, or not at all into certain categories. A sample question was "Is paint a tool?" They found that men were more likely to make absolute category judgement ("Paint is a tool"), while women made more shaded category judgments-for example, assigning paint to a partial category. "Of course, simply because we have found a significant sex difference in how men and women categorize does not mean that one method is intrinsically better than the other. For instance, male doctors may be more likely to quickly and confidently diagnose a set of symptoms as a disease," the study authors noted in a statement. "Although this brings great advantages in treating diseases early, it obviously has massive disadvantages if the diagnosis is actually wrong. In many cases, a more open approach to categorizing or diagnosing would be more effective."