According to LiveScience, men are more sensitive to small details and moving objects, while women are more likely to recognize color changes — which suggests that men and women really do see the world differently!
“[A] recent, large review of the literature concluded that, in most cases females had better sensitivity, and discriminated and categorized odors better than males,” said researcher Israel Abramov, of the City University of New York.
In one part of the study, the researchers asked the volunteers to describe different colors shown to them. They found that the guys required a slightly longer wavelength of a color to experience the same shade as women and the men were less able to tell the difference between hues.
The researchers also showed the participants images made up of light and dark bars that varied in width and alternated in color so that they appeared to flicker, a measure of participants’ sensitivity to contrast. Compared with the women, the male volunteers were better able to identify the more rapidly changing images made up of thinner bars, the researchers said.
For another fascinating exploration of how vision may different between individuals, you should check out this article: Your Red Could Be My Blue by Life’s Little Mysteries. It’s an intriguing exploration of how our perception of color may differ dramatically from one person to another.