Sex differences are routine reported in a widely used decision making task. This paper reports similarities and differences between the sexes, and explores valence and motor-related hemispheric lateralization as a potential contributor to sex-differences in decision making.
Cognitive differences and similarities between males and females remain poorly understood. Therefore, results of sex-specific analysis in tasks that are widely used across different cultures/countries, and the factors that contribute to similarities and differences between the two sexes might further our understanding of broader issue such as socioeconomic equality.
As a female researcher, writing this article was challenging as well as fulfilling in ways that triggered tremendous intellectual growth. It lead to cross-disciplinary collaborations with neuroscientist and neurobiologist addressing the extent to which biological differences might contribute to cognitive differences. It also brought colleagues together, and prompted sex-specific analysis of the task data from three countries that differ in gender-equity (India, Germany, USA). Dr. Varsha Singh, PhD
Front Psychol 2016 31;7:708. Epub 2016 May 31.
Humanities and Social Science, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi, India.
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