Women Kinder Than Men, Shows Study
We knew it all along, didn’t we? According to a new research, women tend to be kinder and more generous than men.
Scientists at the University of Zurich found that male and female brains react differently to “prosocial” (selfless) and selfish behaviour.
When a woman shows benevolence, it triggers a greater reward signal than it does in men. The reward system in men is stimulated more by selfish behaviour
The brain’s reward system, known as the stratium, administers dopamine when triggered. It therefore influences what motivates us to do certain things on the basis that they will make us feel good.
One can infer that women are most incentivised by kindness whereas men are mostly incentivised by self-serving thoughts
Researchers conducted a series of behavioural experiments on 56 men and women which probed participants to make “prosocial” decisions, many of them revolving around the basis of sharing money.
Neuroscientists then analysed which areas of the brain were activated. They found vast discrepancies between what stimulates the stratium in men and women.
“These results demonstrate that the brains of women and men also process generosity differently at the pharmacological level,” author Alexander Soutschek said.
“The reward and learning systems in our brains work in close cooperation. Empirical studies show that girls are rewarded with praise for ‘prosocial’ behaviour, implying that their reward systems learn to expect a reward for helping behaviour instead of selfish behaviour,” he also said as reported by The Independent
“With this in mind, the gender differences that we observed in our studies could best be attributed to the different cultural expectations placed on men and women.”
To make the world more peaceful, global leaders must harness these qualities of women by encouraging them to be world leaders. Once this happens, we will be able to eliminate a lot of problems the world faces.
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