Sex May Explain Why Men Have Superior Navigational Skills

Men are believed to have better spatial skills than women, but why?

A provocative new study suggests that it’s all about sex and evolution: guys with good navigational skills had a big advantage because they were better able to find mates and father offspring.

Navigation ability facilitates traveling longer distances and exploring new environments. And the farther you travel, the more likely you are to encounter new mating opportunities,” Dr. Layne Vashro, a postdoctoral researcher in anthropology at the University of Utah and the first author of the study, said in a written statement.

Vashro traveled to northwest Nambia to work with more than 120 men and women in the Twe (pronounced tway) and Tjimba (pronounced chim-bah) tribes. People in these tribes range widely on foot and have a “comparatively open sexual culture” in which it is socially permissible for men to father children with women who are not their wives.

For the study, the men and women performed a series of spatial and navigational tasks, which included mentally rotating objects shown on a computer screen and pointing to distant locations. Then they were asked how many places they had visited in the past year, how far they —> Read More Here


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