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% more right when the temperature rose by 5ºC. They tried harder, making more attempts to get answers, unlike men, who solved 3% fewer tasks correctly.
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.
The study’s lead author, Tom Chang, associate professor of finance and business economics at the University of Southern California, said: “What we found is it’s not just whether you feel comfortable or not, but that your performance is affected by temperature.”