A new study finds that men and women really do see the world in two vividly different ways.
The research led by Brooklyn College psychology professor Israel Abramov recruited a group of young adults with normal vision to evaluate differences through multiple tests.
Study results showed that men and women examine the color shade of an object differently.
“Across most of the visible spectrum, males require a slightly longer wavelength than females in order to experience the same hue, “the researchers reported.
The study found that longer wavelengths are typically connected to warmer colors. For example, while a female may observe a color as orange the color may appear redder to men. Women also tend to find grass greener than men who usually see it as a yellower hue.
Results also showed that men are less likely to tell the difference between colors lying in the center of the color spectrum such as yellows, greens and blues.
On the other hand, men proved to be adept in detecting quick and small-detailed changes when it is at a distance through tests using thin blinking lights.
Researchers believe that men have this advantage over women because their neuron development in the visual cortex is heightened by male hormones.
The study findings lend support to the hunter-gather hypothesis suggesting that each sex inherently falls into their prehistoric roles through their psychological abilities. Study authors indicated that men “would have to detect possible predators or prey from afar and also identify and categorize these objects more easily.”
In terms of a female’s visual instincts, researchers noted that they held an innate ability to recognize the details of nearby objects such as wild berries.
John Barbur, professor of optics and visual science at City University London, finds that women appear to be “worse off in terms of absolute chromatic [color] sensitivity than males.” However, he believes that females still finish ahead of men when determining color shades.
“If you’re not dealing with the absolute sensitivity for color detection but the way in which colors are judged-such as the ability to describe a color, or what the color means, and so on,” Barbur noted. “I’d say that females are definitely much better than males.”