how men and women make decisions under stress

Stress causes men and women to respond differently to risky decision making, with men charging ahead for small rewards and women taking their time, according to a new study in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, published by Oxford University Press.

Brain imaging showed that men’s brains were activated in reward/addiction areas while women’s brain activity in those areas decreased under stress. In other words, men’s brains acted like it was more fun, women’s less.

Whose brain would you want on your side during, say, a national crisis? I know which I’d choose: slow but sure wins the race.


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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3 comments on “how men and women make decisions under stress
  1. DoctorDi says:

    Well that sure explains a few things…

  2. litlove says:

    Yes, there’s surely an attachment to objective reality there to see stressful situations as not much fun.

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