Researchers from the Arizona State University studied a group of 250 biology students and found that women are more likely to underestimate their intelligence than their male counterparts. When the researchers compared men and women with the same grades, they found that 66 per cent of chaps claimed they were smarter than their peers.
In fact, men are 3.2 per cent more likely than women to state that they are more intelligent than their co-workers.
The researchers concluded that this feeling was a result of the experiences that women have had from the inception of their academic lives.
They alluded to examples such as the fact that male scientists are more than one-and-a-half times more likely to appear on television than women.
Commenting on the study, Sara Brownwell, senior author, said, “This study shows that women are disproportionately thinking that they are not as good as other students. So this is a worrisome result of increased interactions among students.”
The article was published in the journal Advances in Physiology Education.