It’s a theory that men have suspected to be true for years, but now science has backed up their belief that they have a better sense of direction than women.
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) scanned the brains of 36 volunteers, half of them male, half female, to see whether there were any differences in brain activity when men and women performed in wayfinding tasks. They found that the men solved 50% more of the tasks than the women.
The researchers saw that men in the study took several shortcuts, oriented themselves more using cardinal directions (by using north, south, east and west) and used a different part of the brain than the women in the study.
Carl Pintzka, a medical doctor and PhD candidate at NTNU’s Department of Neuroscience said: “Men’s sense of direction was more effective. They quite simply got to their destination faster.” Read more