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Are men evolutionarily wired to love the "Easy" buttons?


Men's drive for group control and power appears to be an evolutionary inheritance, but it is females, and not males, who developed better abilities for prolonged control and group interaction while males have higher rates of ADHD and autism. This contradictory allocation of sex-related abilities describes the observable behavior, but not the internal meaning attribution leading to the motivation of men and women. Our study in Canada, China and Russia shows that men estimate power- and status-related concepts in significantly more positive terms than women, but give significantly more negative estimations to work-related and reality-related concepts. Men also have a consistent tendency to estimate concepts as less real (even "Reality"), less complex (even "Complexity"), less organized (even "Order"), and more stable (even time-related concepts), than women. These results are interpreted in terms of the evolutionary characteristic of the male sex for irrelevance/redundancy pruning of excessive complexity in human activities.

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Trofimova, I. Are men evolutionarily wired to love the "Easy" buttons?. Nat Prec (2011).

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  • sex differences
  • Evolution
  • redundancy pruning


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