Emotional involvement, social skills, they aren't as highly regarded as logical thinking. Therefore what you end up with is a limiting sweeping statement that announces what men can be good at and what women can be good at - down to the capacity of their brain.
However if such information is treated properly, pointing out differences needn't be limiting. As co-author of the study Ruben Gur notes: "It's quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are."
The continued absence of women from comedy panel shows demonstrates a lack of interest in what women have to say
The BBC has informed producers that there is "no excuse" for not having women on comedy panel shows, which fail to meet the new gender representation objectives of the BBC Trust.
BBC executive Mark Linsey, said: "Comedy panel shows are always better for having a good mix of people and of course that must include women. I'm making it clear to production teams that there's just no excuse for delivering all male guest lists."
The gloriously funny and talented Rebecca Front just oozes confidence in her abilities and spoke to the Telegraph about women in humour, panel shows and her claustrophobia. To get in a lift would be impossible, to present Have I Got News for You? No problem. Asked about female humour Front said: "You get a group of women together and they laugh and joke and are hilarious. But sometimes in mixed company they get intimidated into silence, although that is changing, too."
Jo Brand among other women comics have noted they do not enjoy the competitive atmosphere that comes with guesting on comedy panel shows, the guest presenter slot HIGNFY suiting Brand more as she is expected to take control. Speaking at Brunel University at the launch of the university's new comedy studies centre comedian Lee Mack stressed how much more he enjoyed panel shows that featured women who will interact instead of compete to get their material out.
Front suggested she did not experience anxiety about panel shows because: "I've got quite a blokey sense of humour. I'll speak up and shout, tell anecdotes and be rude."
Can you really sex a humour? When discussing her mental health and phobias Front said something that would be far more helpful when also applied to humour: "There's this whole attitude - 'I'm normal and the rest of the world isn't!' - but none of us is completely normal and thatâs whatâs interesting about us. To be normal is the abnormal."
Although if it absolutely came down to it, now we know women have better memories we might have the edge as at least we'll remember our comedy routines.