London: Psychologists have found female IQ scores have risen above men’s for the first time in 100 years. Men may now need to think twice before questioning a woman’s intelligence at home or in the office. Women have been as much as five points behind men since testing commenced a century ago but that gap has narrowed in the recent times. This year women finally came out on top. It may be because they are better at multi-tasking. The breakthrough has been uncovered by James Flynn, the world-renowned authority on IQ tests.
According to Flynn, in the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women’s have risen faster. This is a consequence of modernity. “The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ. The full effect of modernity on women is only just emerging.”
On the other hand, one theory is women’s ability to multitask as they juggle raising a family and going to work, while another explanation is that they are finally realising they have a slightly higher potential intelligence than men.
In addition, Flynn will publish his findings in a new book, but said more data was needed to explain the trend because tests have consistently shown differences between gender and race.