Health Thanks for the memories

Thanks for the memories

Are women really better at remembering important events like birthdays and wedding anniversaries?

Research from Monash University provides a proper scientific answer to this age-old question.

For men, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is, yes, on the whole they really are more forgetful.

The good news is, they have an excuse.

Testing across 45 countries shows women achieve higher scores for episodic memory in almost all of them.

Intriguingly it also seems the more educated and prosperous they become, the better they are at recalling events.

Researcher Sanket Nagar says the more developed the country the women lives in, the more the gender advantage seems to grow.

“Findings show that gender equality, population education and employment, and GDP per capita – traits generally associated with developed countries – were reliable predictors of a female verbal episodic memory advantage,” she says.

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