The study shows that women are hardwired to respond to economic decisions more prosocially than men.

Philippe Tobler, an associate professor of neuroeconomics and social neuroscience at the University of Zurich, and his colleagues carried out two studies looking at whether dopamine is linked to different social behaviors in men and women.

In the first study, a group of 56 men and women were randomly allocated to two groups, and were either given a placebo or amisulpride. Amisulpride works by blocking the receptors in the brain that dopamine acts on. Neither the scientists nor participants knew which group was given the pill.

The participants were then presented with a hypothetical situation in which they could either claim money for themselves, or split the money evenly with another person, ranging from someone close to a complete stranger.

The results showed that when taking the placebo, 51% of the time women chose to share the money, while for men the figure was at 40%. But after taking the amisulpride, women were less enthusiastic to share. Women split the money 45% of the time, and men became more prosocial, splitting the cash 44% of the time.

In the second study, the team looked at data from 40 men and women who had undergone brain imaging while undertaking decisions on whether to share money, focusing on the activity of a value-processing region of the brain that relies on dopamine signaling.

The team found that when making prosocial choices, activity in this brain region was stronger for women than men, suggesting a greater dopamine response.

The researchers concluded the two studies support the idea that the “reward system appears to be more sensitive to prosocial rewards in women than in men, providing a neurobiological account for why women often behave more prosocially than men.”

Sources

The Guardian

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  • Paul

    Women and men’s brains are different? Heresy.

    Cue feminists claiming that it’s all because little girls are trained to be nice and boys trained to be mean.

  • Texaner in London

    Because the mama duck has to make sure the baby ducks are fed.

    Dad duck traditionally is earning food away from mama duck so if he felt charitable then, he might just give away the food before he got home to mama duck. And mama duck would not be happy.

    But since dad ducks tend to see their families as extensions of themselves, keeping the food until they get home is what benefits the family most. Then he gives it to mama duck who naturally shares it with the baby ducks.

    I know, it’s so contrary to what the cat-hoarding SJW freaks want to pretend is the reality but this is how humans are made – and men and women have different brains. Women even have more gray matter (men have more white matter, which I’m sure is racist).

    • True.Epic.Crusader

      White matter is the BEST matter.

  • AverageJoe1987

    So kind, that they’re a gender who will plot to falsely accuse men of rape to pay a guy back for spurning them.

    So kind, they will paint a father as a dead beat to keep him from getting visitation

    so kind, that they will keep a kid from you

    so kind, they will laugh when men who have been raped speak up.

  • True.Epic.Crusader

    This is why they shouldn’t be voting.

    • Kevin Kelter

      Women voting.

  • Hairatic Rick

    So, none of the women in the study were feminist?

  • upyourbum

    This study makes one wonder what other stereotypes are also quite accurate, and therefore should be included in our daily discourse..

  • Agent 99

    Wait. Define “kind” first.

  • ghebert

    Sometimes you have to do what’s right instead of what’s kind.

  • Greggore

    It is a small sample but at least it is real science. It’s not a survey claiming to be statistical facts.

  • MGTOWMonster

    Yeah, right. Tell that to the man who killed himself due to a female parasite’s false accusation. Or the countless other men who do so.