Women’s brains got a huge boost from better living conditions

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For psychologists, there’s no question that human cognition — the way we process information — has dramatically improved over the last century thanks to improvements in nutrition, health care, sanitation, and social equality. But what if improvements in society over time — the same kinds of improvements that increase life expectancies and lower infant mortality rates — benefitted about half the population more than it did the other? Those are the findings of a new study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which stipulates that women’s cognitive abilities benefit far more from improvements in social conditions than men’s do. And, in some cases, women surpass men altogether.

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