Women Work Better In Rooms With Warmer Temperatures Than Men

May 23, 2019

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Breaking the glass ceiling may be as simple as raising the room temperature of the office, according to a new study.  It found that women think better at higher room temperatures, while men perform better when it is colder.  The study found women correctly answered mental math questions and word tasks by nearly 9% when the room temperature rose by 9°F. The warmer room temperatures were credited with woman trying harder and making more attempts to get answers, whereas men solved 3% fewer questions. It is well known that women often feel chilly in offices while their male colleagues are sweating. The new findings suggest women do not just need it to be warmer for comfort, but to be able to solve problems efficiently. Participants solved 50 simple two-digit addition problems as well as were asked to create as many words out of 10 letter in ten minutes as possible. The temperature ranges were from 61°F to 91°F.  For every 10 degree increase in room temperature, women would guess an additional word while men would get just over half a word less. Experts believe that people make more effort when they are not distracted by being too cold or too warm. Men are comfortable at a lower temperature, so made fewer guesses in the cognitive tests when it was warmer, and got fewer right. The study’s lead author, Tom Chang, associate professor of finance and business economics at the University of Southern California, said that ‘One of the most surprising things we learned is this isn’t about the extremes of temperature. Even if you go from 60°F to 75°F which is a relatively normal temperature range, you still see a meaningful variation in performance.’ The study says the results may ‘raise the stakes for the battle of the thermostat’ between the sexes.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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