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Men lead in knowledge regarding politics

A ten-nation study of media systems and national political knowledge by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has brought forth a surprising result. It summarises that women around the world are less aware about politics than men. Worth mentioning is the fact that though Norway is reputed to be one of the leading countries in terms of gender equality, it has a very wide gap between the knowledge of men and women regarding politics; and South Korea, which is not as advanced in its gender equality, has a narrower gap. The gap is wider in advanced countries like UK and US and less in countries like Columbia.

Female scientists get less recognition

Dr Hannah Dugdale from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield and Dr Julia Schroeder, a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany, have found that exemplary work by female scientists is less represented as compared to the male scientists. They analysed the speakers at six biannual congresses of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) and found men outnumbered women and also that men more readily accepted invitations. The reasons for lower acceptance of invitations could range from demands of motherhood, lower self-perception professionally and lack of confidence with self-promotion.

Playing video games makes elderly do better

A study by the Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University and Interactive Media & Technology Centre, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States recently conducted a study on a sample of older adults of which about 60 per cent were regular or occasional gamers. The gaming that they indulged in was not related to their age or education level. They study found that those who played performed better on parameters of well-being, negative effects and depression. On the basis of this research, it can be confidently stated that playing games serves as a positive activity that enhances the chances of ageing well. - Compiled by Aditi Garg