Monday, July 16, 2012

Gender, Decisions, and Stress

Did you know that being under stress appears to increase the differences in how men and women think about risk? When men are under stress, they become even more willing to take risks; when women are stressed, they tend to become more conservative about risk. Mather links this to other research that finds, at difficult times, men are inclined toward fight-or-flight responses, while women try to bond more and improve their relationships. According to Mather, coauthor of an article reported in Current Directions in Psychological Science, it seems likely that how much stress you're experiencing will affect the way in which you make decisions.

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