Posted on September 7th, 2012 in Blog, Eye News | No Comments »

Well, scientists have proven that men and women see the world differently (like we needed scientists to let us know that one). But really, men and women have different sensitivities in their vision. Researchers from the Brooklyn and hunter Colleges of the City University of New York found that men are more sensitive to rapid movements and fine details, while women are more sensitive to small differences in color.

After 52 volunteers with 20/20 vision were polled, the researchers found that men needed a longer wavelength of color to see the same shade as a woman. Additionally, men were significantly less able to distinguish between different hues. Maybe that is why women can tell the difference between magenta and salmon! Overall, women’s color tastes are more diverse and complex than a man’s because she can see more. (Explains a lot, I think!)

Next, the researchers tried to measure contrast-sensitivity functions of vision. What they found was that men were better than the women at resolving more rapidly changing images that were closer together. The researchers this traced way back to “hunter-gatherer” days when it was necessary that men were able to detect movement of predators or prey in the woods. Women, being the gatherers, would need to detect different colors of berries and leaves.

Funny to think that the proficiencies we developed thousands of years ago are still present today. It truly shows you how advanced and specialized the human eye is.


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