|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
Iím interested to know where you got the idea that females donít focus as much as males, as current psychological research shows that while people hold a number of stereotyped views about gender most of the evidence is conflicting. There is only consistently supportive evidence for males being more aggressive and more spatially/mathematically aware and for females being more verbally aware. However in the 1960s Hans Eysenck put forward the idea of people either tending to be extrovert (outgoing) or introvert (quiet, inward looking). Extroverts are more easily distracted than introverts. Eysenck wrote many books but one co-written with Glenn Wilson called Know Your Own Personality has some useful questionnaires in it for testing to see if you are an extrovert or introvert. You could easily get the questions from this or any other book on personality and test your classmates to see if girls are more extroverted than boys. 6 questions from Eysenck to start you off are: 1. Do you prefer action to planning for action? 2. Are you happiest when you get involved in some project that calls for rapid action? 3. Do you usually take the initiative in making new friends? 4. Are you inclined to be quick and sure in your actions? 5. Would you rate yourself as a lively individual? 6. Would you be very unhappy if you were prevented from making numerous social contacts? The more Yeses in reply, the more extrovert the person answering the questions is. Good luck.
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