[ 2006-10-08 08:47 ]
It is research that is guaranteed to delight
men - and infuriate the women in their lives. A controversial new study
has claimed that men really are more intelligent than women.
The study concluded that men's IQs are almost four points higher than
British-born researcher John Philippe Rushton, who previously created a
furore by suggesting intelligence is influenced by race, says the finding
could explain why so few women make it to the top in the workplace.
He claims the 'glass
ceiling' phenomenon is probably due to inferior
intelligence, rather than discrimination or lack of opportunity.
The University of Western Ontario psychologist reached his conclusion
after scrutinizing the results of university aptitude tests taken by
100,000 students aged 17 and 18 of both sexes.
A focus on a factors such as the ability to quickly grasp a complex
concept, verbal reasoning skills and creativity - some of the key
ingredients of intelligence - revealed the male teenagers had IQs that
were an average of 3.63 points higher. The average person has an IQ of
The findings, which held true for all classes and levels of parental
education, overturn a 100 year consensus that men and women average the
same in general mental ability. They also conflict with evidence that
girls do better in school exams than boys.
But Prof Rushton, who was born in Bournemouth and obtained his
doctorate in social psychology from the London School of Economics, argues
that the faster maturing of girls leads to them outshining boys in the