A newly published study has revealed that 6-year old or younger girls are of the opinion that men are more intelligent compared to the women.
The interesting study concluded that this group of girls develops the mentality that men are brilliant as opposed to the women.
This research was jointly conducted by researchers from three US universities – Princeton University, University of Illinois and New York University.
But the findings did not seem to surprise Jill Weber, a psychologist based in Washington, D.C. She explained that from time and again intelligence has been linked to power and leadership. It’s so unfortunate that the society hasn’t taken time to educate the girls on the need to be confident, reports ABC News.
How the study was done
To arrive at the conclusions, the research participants considered 400 children who underwent a set of tests linked to “brilliance” with a specific gender. The findings were then published in the medical journal Science.
In the first test, 96 students were involved of whom they were divided into equal number of boys and girls. Their age average was 5 to 7 years. These were told the story of a “really, really smart person” and then given images of men and women from which they had to select “this smart person.” The five year olds drew a pattern of picking from their own gender while the older children were more likely to select the male gender.
The other segment of the same test involved children picking one game out of two: the first one was for “really, really smart” people while the other for “children who worked really, really hard.” The conclusion of this study was that girls did not prefer the “smart” people games while neither did they like much that for children who “worked really, really hard.” In their theory explanation, the study experts said that girls didn’t go the “smart way” because of their modest nature.
One of the research participants, Weber, said that children of age 5 to 6 are keener to those around them because they are less self-centered.
As these children turn 6or 7, their brain gets the capability to comprehend comparison and sort out the differences.
She goes on to explain that parents shouldn’t feel demoralized by the findings but instead work hard in countering any social messages.
“I think the more conscious we are…it reminds us we have to wake up again,” Weber explained. “We have to deliberately coach girls” to be more vocal, she said.
The research authors have insisted that these findings need to be confirmed with a separate study conducted on a broader larger group.