Male eyes are better at picking up small details and moving objects, while female eyes are more sensitive to color changes. These conclusions were reached by researchers from the City University of New York in New York.
As with other senses, there are marked gender differences in vision. So, for example, studies have shown that in most cases women distinguish and classify smells and sounds better than men.
The new study compared the vision of men and women over the age of 16 and with normal chromatic vision and normal visual acuity.
In the first part of the study, volunteers were asked to describe the different colors that were shown to them. It turned out that it took a slightly longer wavelength for men to see the same hue that women see. In addition, men performed worse on the task of distinguishing shades of colors.
In a follow-up experiment, the researchers assessed contrast perception. In the process, images of stripes of various thicknesses and colors were used, which replaced each other. In this test, the advantage turned out to be on the side of men - they could recognize faster-changing images consisting of thinner lines.
The differences, according to scientists, can be explained by the connection of these elements of vision with a special set of thalamic neurons, the formation of which during the development of the embryo is influenced by male sex hormones.