Study: Gender doesn't decide if you're good at math

Oklahoman Published: February 28, 2013

Have you ever been told that boys are better at math and girls are better at reading and literature?

Of course, this doesn’t apply to all boys or girls, but it actually might not apply at all anymore.

New research published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization says other studies who came up with this conclusion threw in the towel too soon. reports that girls simply needed to stay in the game to perform better. The researchers said that the competitive incentives encouraged males to perform better on short, five-minute quizzes than otherwise “high-ability” females.

When the contests were repeated, the playing field leveled out.

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