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Gals recall locations better than guys

india Updated: Sep 04, 2007 14:22 IST

A new study has shown that women remember the locations of items such as fruit and vegetable in a market better than men.

The finding is based on a study of about 86 adults, including both women and men, who were tested for their ability to remember the location of food stalls in a farmers' market.

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara led the study participants to certain stalls in Santa Barbara's large Saturday farmers' market.

They were then taken to a location in the centre of the market from where the stalls could not be seen.

The researchers then asked the participants to point to each stall's location. The women were better at this than the men, reported the online edition of the New Scientist.

Men hunted, women gathered. That is how the division of labour between the sexes is supposed to have been in the distant past.

The new study confirmed that modern women are also genetically superior at this task because of adaptation during our hunter-gatherer past.