"But that your performance on things that matter-in math and verbal dimensions, and how hard you try-is affected by temperature".
"It's been documented that women like warmer indoor temperatures than men, but the idea until now has been that it's a matter of personal preference", Chang said.
Their findings that women's productivity and skills suffer under colder temperatures may prompt managers to fiddle with their office thermostats. A new study published in PLOS One does precisely this, assessing the cognitive performance of men and women at different temperatures.
It is a universally acknowledged truth that men have a higher body temperature than women, and therefore most office building temperatures are set for the metabolic rates of men. "As the temperature increases, women become better and better and better, and at some point there's no gender gap". For the last test, the students were given "cognitive reflection" problems in which the most intuitive answer is not the right one-problems like, "A bat and a ball cost 1.10 euros in total".
Of course, the study doesn't guarantee that every woman will perform better in the heat, or that every man is sharper with the air conditioning blasting.More news: Iranian FM Slams Trump as 'Terrorist', Vows Tehran Will 'See His End'
As the temperature increased, women's performance did as well.
They asked more than 500 participants to do 50 sums, adding up to five two-digit numbers together over five minutes.
In the verbal section, participants had five minutes to build as many words as possible from a set of letters. "We were like, 'Is this a real thing or is it just comfort?'" says study co-author Agne Kajackaite, an ethics and behavioral economics researcher at the Berlin Social Science Center.
The findings suggest mixed-gender offices should increase their temperatures, the researchers say. As the Atlantic points out, a 1 degree Celsius increase boosted math scores by nearly 2 percent.More news: Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie delayed to February 14, 2020
No wonder why grown adults - professionals nonetheless - are swaddling themselves in blankets during the workday - if a company wants to ensure a productive workforce, maybe it should consider turning up the thermostat to the mid-70s.
"People invest a lot in making sure their workers are comfortable and highly productive", Chang said. "This study is saying, even if you care about money or the performance of your workers, you may want to crank up the temperature in your office buildings".
Intriguingly, as the study authors note, women's enhanced cognitive performance in warmer environments seemed to be driven by the fact that they were answering more of the test questions; the dip in male cognitive performance, on the other hand, was linked to a decrease in the number of questions answered.
"Even if you go from 60 to 75 degrees, which is a relatively normal temperature range, you still see a meaningful variation in performance." said Chang.More news: United in talks over Wales winger James