Evoluionary explanation

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  • Evolutionary explanation
    • Cognitive style
      • Women are better at empathising as men are better at systemising.
        • Baron-Cohen calls this the E.S. theory . This gender difference may be the result of a selection pressure for males.
          • He suggests that males who were able to systemise with greater precision would have gained evolutionary advantage.
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        • Women may be focused more on interpersonal concerns i.e. the relationships between people.
          • Taylor et al proposed this may stem from  the different challenges faced my men and women due to adaption.
            • Ennis et al (AO2) conducted a natural experiment to test male- female differences in stress responses.
              • A significant increase in males but decrease in females , males and females deal with stress in different ways.


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