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Men/Women: not identical. Hurr?

Men/Women: not identical. Hurr?
January 05, 2012, 06:48:56 AM
In research published Wednesday, three European psychologists, using a new model for analyzing personality differences between men and women, claimed the gap between the genders has been sorely underestimated in previous studies.

"The idea that there are only minor differences between the personality profiles of males and females should be rejected as based on inadequate methodology," they wrote in the online journal PLoS ONE (www.plosone.org).

"These are extremely large differences by psychological standards," wrote Del Giudice and colleagues Tom Booth and Paul Irwing of the University of Manchester in England.

By way of conclusion, they called for further research in order to build "a solid foundation for the scientific study of psychological sex differences and their biological and cultural origins."


They don't yet say these are explicitly biological, but as they show up across cultures, it's likely they are.

The important news is that they've made two vital statements: (a) it is unscientific to assume gender differences are insignificant and (b) we need to find out how much of this is genetic.