Turning up the heating at work could give women the edge over their male colleagues.
Women think better at higher temperatures, while men perform better when it is colder, a study found.
When they were asked to do mental arithmetic, women got almost 9 per cent more right when the temperature rose by 5C (9F). They tried harder, making more attempts to get answers – unlike men, who solved 3 per cent fewer tasks correctly when the temperature rose by 5C.
It is well known that women often feel chilly in offices while their male colleagues are sweating. The new findings suggest women do not just need it to be warmer for comfort, but to be able to solve problems efficiently.