I seldom visit Yahoo.com. If I ever visit, I refrain from clicking on the featured news items. If I ever visit them, I find weird news. Once such news item convinced me that researchers in US/UK have all the time in the world to carry out research on topics that we’d normally ignore. Then they come up with their own weird discoveries and findings that make them on the top of Yahoo News. Anyway. One such research was recently done London by Helen Stancey in which she asked men and women to use a laser pointer to mark the midpoint of lines on a piece of paper within hands-reach and again beyond hands-reach.
The places pointed by these people (who were unemployed because of the recession and had no better job in the world to do) were marked and following discoveries were made:
- Men were found to be more accurate than women at marking the middle of lines when the target was far away than when it was close by.
- Women showed the opposite pattern; they were more accurate at finding the mid-point of the line when the target was close to them than when it was further away.
In a second study, participants were asked to do the same task, but were asked to point to the mid-point using a stick rather than a laser pointer.
In this study, no significant differences between near and far accuracy were found in either men or women, suggesting that the stick provides feedback which makes the brain process distant information as if it’s in near space.
Women were found to be significantly better than men at both distances using the stick, which supports the earlier finding that women process visual information better from near space than men.
What say you?
–The Big K–