Why Girls Make Boys Insane In The Membraneby Lauren Passell on January 17, 2012
Second sex, what?
We already knew that guys get insane in the membrane when a pretty girl is around, but a newer study says that she doesn’t have to be around at all. That’s some serious woman power.
Psychologist Johan Karremans, lead study author Sanne Nauts, and their team gave a group of 71 men and women a common cognitive test. Then the subjects had to do another task with help — via instant message only — from a “monitor” with either a male or a female name. Then they took the Stroop test again. The dudes did way worse after an e-encounter with a lady monitor, but dude monitors didn’t affect their performance. And women weren’t affected either way. In a second experiment, participants were told that a man or a woman would IM them, but they never actually got any IMs — even this was enough to make guys screw up on the Stroop.