This find­ing has

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been repli­cated in a va­ri­ety of stud­ies over the years with re­searchers point­ing to eco­nomic and evo­lu­tion­ary rea­sons. A re­cent study by Mara Mather and Ni­c­hole R Lighthall found that gen­der dif­fer­ences are am­pli­fied even fur­ther un­der stress. Male risk-tak­ing tends to in­crease un­der stress, while fe­male risk-tak­ing tends to de­crease un­der stress.

One rea­son is that there are gen­der dif­fer­ences in brain ac­tiv­ity in­volved in com­put­ing risk and pre­par­ing for ac­tion. This seems to be an im­por­tant f in­d­ing given the stress­ful na­ture of our work l ives to­day. Are men po­ten­tially too reck­less and women too cau­tious in th­ese sce­nar­ios? Per­haps, un­der stress, men and

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