Men Aren't Smarter, But Think They Are

Women think men are brighter, too; tend to underplay own intellect
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 2:12 PM CST
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(Newser) – Men aren't any smarter than women, reveals a new analysis of several studies on IQ, but they think they are. The surprise is that women go along with it. In an interview with Newsweek, researcher Adrian Furnham said both sexes overestimate male intelligence and underestimate female intelligence. "It's what we call the male hubris and female humility effect," Furnham says.

This effect can have real-life implications. "Who gets a job? A bright woman who doesn't think she's smart, or a not-so-bright man who believes he's capable of anything?" asks Furnham. And on whether studying gender differences can lead to negative reactions, he adds: "Sometimes I think you have to be stupid, brave, or just plain naive to work in this area." (Read more intelligence stories.)