London: Women may struggle with road maps, but they are better at remembering routes than men, according to a new study.
Researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico have carried out the study and found that while men are better at finding new places, women make better navigators if they have been to the place before.
This is because women are much better at remembering landmarks than men, and so do not have to work out the route again -- and it is linked with the different roles males and females adopted in early hunter gathering societies, British newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported.
While men were good at hunting down randomly moving prey, women were much better at remembering where the best places were to find growing food such as fruit and nuts, say the researchers.
For the study, the researchers used the population of a remote Mexican village and asked local men and women to collect mushrooms. They found that while both came back with the same amount of food, the men had used 70% more energy in collecting it than the women.
Luis Pacheco-Cobos, who led the study, was quoted as saying, “These findings show that women perform better and more readily adopt search strategies appropriate to gathering lifestyle than men.”
The findings have been published in the latest edition of the ‘Evolution and Human Behaviour’ journal.