|Women perform best on math and verbal tests at higher temperatures. [Tuchong]|
A study published on Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE showed that warmer room temperature makes a good female student and cooler one makes a good male student.
Women's performance on math and verbal tests is best at higher temperatures, while men perform best on the same tests at lower temperatures, according to the study.
The U.S. and German researchers studied 542 German university students in 24 groups who took logic, math, and verbal tests in a room cooled or heated to one of a range of temperatures between 16.19 and 32.57 Celsius degrees. They received cash rewards based on numbers of questions they correctly answered.
They found that female students (about 41 percent of the total) generally performed better on math and verbal tests when the room temperature was warmer. Conversely, male students performed better at lower temperatures, according to the study.
The study suggested that ordinary variations in room temperature can affect cognitive performance significantly and differently for men and women.
However, temperature did not appear to affect their performance on the logic test for either gender.
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