NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Women are smarter than men.
That statement — in short — is the breakthrough that was recently reported by a word-renowned authority on IQ tests.
James Flynn, who has studied women in America, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina and Estonia has found that in the last 100 years, women lagged five points behind men before catching and now surpassing them, CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan reported.
It is a finding that is certain to be hotly disputed.
Since intelligence quotient testing began a century ago, women have just now overtaken men.
Experts theorize modern day multi-tasking may be at the root of the female rise to the top.
“We have a lot more to handle during the day, a lot more multi-tasking, a lot more problem solving,” Gina Mordente said.
“If you think about multi-tasking, it’s really just a giant big puzzle in your brain. where you have to think about this part of your life meshing with that part of your life,” said professor Joanne Willey, of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Even men seemed to agree with the findings, including “Herman,” from Far Rockaway who sees it this way:
“I know a lot of women and it seems that way to me. Every time I think I know the answer, I hate to swallow crow and go ‘you’re right,’” he told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.
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Others, however, call the the IQ premise flawed.
“To sit and say that there was ever a moment when women were not as smart as men, or had a lower IQ than men, is a presumption that I’m not willing to make,” said Paul Rivers Bailey, of Uniondale.
Many men and women say IQ shouldn’t be a competition and that both should use collective growing intelligence to make the world a better place.
Flynn will be publishing his findings in a new book, but admits that more data is needed to explain the trend.
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