5 surprising ways men and women sense things differently

April 2, 2015 9:00 AM

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5 surprising ways men and women sense things differently

Though it sounds like something you’d give some serious feminist side-eye, studies suggest that women really do seem to be the more “sensitive” gender. That is, they tend to taste, smell, hear, see colors, and feel textures more accurately than men—even though, in most cases, researchers aren’t sure exactly why, said Marcia Pelchat, PhD, a sensory scientist who studies taste and smell at the Monell Chemical Sciences Center in Philadelphia.

Some theories: Gender differences in the senses may have a biological basis, Pelchat said, but there may also be a societal and psychological component, as well.

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