O.K., my wife Pam was right again – a recent study confirmed that, on average, men think they are more forgetful than women.
In the study, people were asked nine questions about how good they think their memory is.
The questions asked included:
- Whether they had problems remembering names and dates.
- How good they were at remembering details of conversations.
- If they could remember what they were doing one year ago.
For 8 of the 9 questions men reported more problems with their memory.
Professor Jostein Holmen, the lead author of the study, explained the results:
“It was surprising to see that men forget more than women. This has not been documented before. It was also surprising to see that men are just as forgetful whether they are 30 or 60 years old. The results were unambiguous.”
The explanation for these findings is beyond them. Holmen said:
“We have speculated a lot about why men report more frequent problems with remembering than women do, but have not been able to find an explanation. This is still an unsolved mystery.”
Across all the categories of questions it was names and dates that people found the hardest to remember.
Now the study only looks at people’s perception of how good or bad their memory is–it is not an objective measure.
So maybe there is an opportunity for a further study which will prove Pam wrong
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