The brains of mars and venus on the work floor


Eric Castien

Onderwerp Blog
Gepubliceerd op

17 May 2019

Men versus women, bring it on!

Women and men, are they really like venus and mars? Stereotypically women are seen as more social, more motivating, better with language and better multitaskers. Men on the other hand are often seen as more decisive, more confident, stronger leaders and more analytical. But is this really true?

Trends at the university show that the classic division between alpha and beta studies does no longer exist. More and more women are enrolled in beta studies. We could ask ourselves if the male and female brain have differences whatsoever? And is this acknowledged by science?

Talking about science: women are better multitaskers
Let’s take one example of the classic stereotypes: Women are better multitaskers. Actually, different articles have been published showing that women are indeed better multitaskers than men (read more). Behavioral studies show that women achieve better results, when they have to do a lot of things at the same time. This is supported by an fMRI study assessing multitasking behavior (read more). Young men showed a higher increase in ‘brain activity’ than young women, stating that men need to use more ‘brainpower’ to achieve the same results as women. What about other brain skills?

It’s true: Brain differences between men and women
The scientifically based NeurOlympics measures different brain skills. Within these different skills, there are a few small differences between men and women. For example, men tend to be slightly faster, while women are a bit more accurate. Also, like the study described above, women show to be better multitaskers, while men are on average a little more stress resilient. However, every job requires multiple skills and combining all individual talents dismisses the preference for one type of gender.

Gender neutral assessing: let’s make brains matter
BrainsFirst believes in the gender neutral assessment. Gender should never be an argument to either hire or reject a candidate. The only thing that matters are brain skills and whether someone is a good fit for the job. The models we create to match candidates with the desired cognitive profile are always extensively tested, so they won’t favor one sex over the other. This way gender is no longer a factor in talent selection, only the best skills are!

Want to know more?
Do you want to know more about the NeurOlympics? Contact Annemarein Braakman, she will be happy to tell you how both employer and employees can benefit from selection based on the brain.