Yet more research about how men and women see the world in different shades of gender conditioning suggest that men are better at identifying cars and women are better at identifying creatures in the natural world, like birds, because every man is an oil-splattered monkey wrench and every woman is a fairy princess capable of communing with woodland creatures. A quick rule of thumb would go something like this: men like vrroom-vrrooms and women like tweet-tweets. It's science.
This latest study about gender vision clippity-clops on the heels of a study earlier this summer from the University of California, which found that women are quick to pick up on the non-verbal cues of a speaker because, unlike men, they're not being constantly distracted by shiny objects in their periphery. In order to figure out that men and women have even more drastically different eyeballs, researchers led by Vanderbilt University psychologist Isabel Gauthier gave 227 participants (75 male and 82 female) a test that measured recognition for eight categories of objects: leaves, owls, butterflies, wading birds, mushrooms, cars, planes and motorcycles. Participants studied a bouquet of images from each category, and were then shown three images at a time (only one of which they'd actually seen before) as researchers grilled them about which image they'd seen before.