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The reason girls are not as good at catching as boys may have finally been explained, according to a controversial study likely to divide the sexes.
In a 'surprising' finding, researchers showed that men pick up on visual motion significantly faster than women.
Sexes - Bars - Screen - Left - Right
They found that both sexes are good at reporting whether black and white bars on a screen are moving to the left or to the right.
But, in comparison to men, women took about 25 to 75 per cent longer to make the determination.
Findings - Men - Reaction - Times - Fairer
The findings show that men have better reaction times than those of the fairer sex and therefore have better hand-eye coordination, suggesting men are better at catching a ball or fast moving object in the real world.
People who perform well at the task have also been linked to people who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and depression.
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The researchers, based at the University of Washington, found that both sexes required only a tenth of a second - and often less - to make the right call.
Study - Total - Participants - Groups
The study had a total of 263 participants split into three groups.
Cohort one included 18 males and 15 females from 18 to 30 years of age, the second group had 25 males and 28 females from between 18 to 59 years of age while the third group had 61 males and 116 females ranging in age from 18 to 30 take part.
Participants - Vision
All participants had good vision and reported themselves to be either male or female.
The researchers say that although men had a quicker perception of motion, it may not necessarily transfer through to having better visual processing skills.
It is believed the cerebral...
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