Sunday, July 15, 2012
Are women getting smarter?
Psychologists have found that female IQ scores have risen above men's for the first time in 100 years. Women have been as much as five points behind men since testing began a century ago, but that gap has narrowed in recent times. in 2012, women finally came out on top - and it may be because they are better at multitasking. The breakthrough has been uncovered by James Flynn, a researcher of IQ tests. According to Flynn, in the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women's have risen faster which he believes is a consequence of modernity. He says that the complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ and the full effect of modernity on women is only just emerging. Flynn will publish his findings in a new book, but said that more data was needed to explain the trend because tests have consistently shown differences between gender and race. Flynn, emeritus professor of political studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, collated new IQ tests from countries in western Europe and from America, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina and Estonia. These showed that in westernized countries the gap between men and women had become insignificant. In Australia, male and female IQs were found to be almost identical while in New Zealand, Estonia and Argentina, women scored marginally more than men.