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It is a finding certain to be hotly disputed – at least among half the population. According to the latest research, women are brighter than men.
For the first time in IQ testing, psychologists have found that female scores have risen above those of men.
Since IQ testing began a century ago, women have been as much as five points behind, leading psychologists to suggest embedded genetic differences.
But that gap has been narrowing in recent years and this year women have moved ahead, according to James Flynn, a world-renowned authority on IQ tests.
One possible explanation is that women’s lives have become more demanding as they multitask between raising a family and doing a job.
Another is that women have a slightly higher potential intelligence than men and are only now realising it.
Mr Flynn, who will publish his findings in a book, said more data was needed to explain the trend. ‘The full effect of modernity on women is only just emerging,’ he added. He collated IQ examination results from countries in western Europe and from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina and Estonia.