A recent study claims that women's IQs have surpassed men's IQs for the first time in a hundred years. The study's subjects live in varied modern countries. Canada and the USA are included. James Flynn believes that multitasking might have contributed to the increase.
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A blogger on Psychology Today claims that women always had higher IQs, but tests never revealed this because the ordinary man is taller than the ordinary woman. IOW, it's height, rather than gender, that accounts for the slight IQ disparity between the sexes. He believes that 5'4 women are smarter than 5'4 men and that 5'10 women are smarter than 5'10 men. Of course, his theory would posit that taller women are smarter than both shorter men and shorter women.
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What do you all think? I don't think that gender plays that much of a role in IQ. It all comes down to the individual, of course. The common knowledge and conventional wisdom is that males tend to have higher spatial IQs while females tend to have higher verbal IQs. That probably is true, but there are a lot of exceptions to that rule. From my experience in school, the best students of both genders excelled in the "boys' subjects", as well as the "girls' subjects". As far as the height thing, it was my understanding that the gender IQ disparity had more to do with brain size and brain structure. It's doubtful that runway models are all that much smarter than male jockeys.