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Why are (the best) women so good at chess? Participation rates and gender differences in intellectual domains

Abstract:

A popular explanation for the small number of women at the top level of intellectually demanding activities from chess to science appeals to biological differences in the intellectual abilities of men and women. An alternative explanation is that the extreme values in a large sample are likely to be greater than those in a small one. Although the performance of the 100 best German male chess players is better than that of the 100 best German women, we show that 96 per cent of the observed dif...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rspb.2008.1576

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Medical Sciences Division - Experimental Psychology
Institution:
University of Manchester
Department:
Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology
Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Medical Sciences Division - Experimental Psychology
Institution:
Brunel University
Department:
Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging
Publisher:
Royal Society Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Volume:
276
Issue:
1659
Pages:
1161-1165
Publication date:
2009-03-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
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uuid:3dd2aef5-0b9e-4ab9-a3c6-6106a24bfae3
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ora:3792

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