Men and women look at faces differently, a new study suggests. .
A team of scientists and psychologists at Queen Mary University in London (QMUL) had over 500 men and women from various cultural backgrounds look at a series of faces on a Skype-like computer program while they tracked their eye movements. Sounds creepy, but it actually yielded some interesting results.
They discovered a left-eye bias in the female subjects, who spent a lot more time looking at the left side of faces than the right–they also took longer scanning the faces than men did. So great was the distinction between the way men and women looked at faces, in fact, that researchers were able to predict the gender of the participants with 80 per cent accuracy, simply by looking at their facial scanning patterns.
It’s basically suggesting you can tell a person’s gender, just by the way they look at you…if you knew what you were looking for and had a fancy science machine and smart scientists to help you track it.
“There are numerous claims in popular culture that women and men look at things differently — this is the first demonstration, using eye tracking, to support this claim that they take in visual information in different ways,” said co-author Dr Isabelle Mareschal from QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
We’re ready to call it official: men and women really do see the world differently, or faces at the very least. So the next time you feel like you and your partner/sibling/parent/friend of the opposite sex aren’t seeing eye to eye, well, know that, technically speaking, you probably aren’t.