Recent research confirms that men have a “slight, but significant, superiority in spatial navigation over females.” Reviewing studies of the spatial ability of members of 11 different species, including humans, scientists “found that in eight out of 11 species, males demonstrated moderately superior spatial skills to their female counterparts, regardless of the size of their territories or the extent to which males ranged farther than females of the same species . . . The findings lend support to an often-overlooked hypothesis . . . .
A Swedish study has empirically linked stress and hypersensitivity to sounds. Hasson, Theorell, Bergquist, and Canlon learned that “Women suffering from stress-related exhaustion exhibit hypersensitivity to sounds when exposed to stress.” During the study reported, men and women “between the ages of 23 and 71 with low, medium or high levels of 'emotional exhaustion' [experienced] five minutes of experimentally induced physical (hand in ice), mental (performance on a stress test) and social (being observed) stress.” Women participating in the study “
Postma and his team have confirmed that men and women use different tools to navigate through a space and their findings are useful for people developing wayfinding systems. The researchers found that when men and women were attempting to find their car in a parking lot at a shopping mall, “women reported more landmarks in their route descriptions than men, whereas men used metric [distance] terms more often than women.” Previous research has shown that women are more likely to use landmarks to remember routes and give directions while men are more apt to
An article published in the Biology of Sex Differences, indicates that the visual centers of male and female human brains work differently.
Cohen investigated color preferences among men and women in the United States, and his findings are consistent with prior research on favorite colors.
Many television comedy programs have focused on conflicts between men and women about whether a space – usually their shared home – is clean or not.
Some individuals are more oriented toward the people in their environment and some to things.
An article recently posted on ScienceNordic highlights gender-based differences in sensory systems that influence the experience of design and design research.
Designers developing spaces such as health clubs, where women can be expected to change their clothes, will find Marianne Clark’s recent research at the University of Alberta readily applicable.
Research regularly reported here links personality and preferred place design.