Now, women outshine men in diving

November 14th, 2007 - 2:59 am ICT by admin  
Mandy Shackleton, a marine scientist at Hull University’s Marine Sciences Centre, conducted the two-year study of scuba divers.

Shackleton, who watched 500 divers of several nationalities, stated that women were found to be calmer, less aggressive and more safety conscious than their ‘gung-ho, sensation-seeking’ male counterparts.

“Women have better orientation. They have a greater awareness of what is going on around them,” the Telegraph quoted Shackleton, as saying.

The study said that men took risks and were prone to showing off. They experienced ‘a chain reaction of hormones’ that caused them to lose their ‘buoyancy control’ more easily than women.

The stress hormone cortisol is released first, followed by testosterone, the hormone linked with aggression and finally, adrenaline.

“The combination of these three results in erratic, dangerous diving,” said Shackleton.

The study also noted that on an ecological level, men’s ’spatially unaware’ behaviour was damaging the world’s coral reefs.

There is a growing concern about the future of the reefs, which are vital habitats for thousands of fish species.

“Men should try to relax and develop good breathing techniques to maintain control and minimise damage when they go scuba diving,” said Shackleton.

Nigel Forman, a professor of psychology at Middlesex University, said there was strong evidence that men had greater spatial navigational skills than women on land. However added that women had better navigation skills.

“Women tend to use local cues, signposts in their immediate vicinity, for navigation and it is possible that this is more effective underwater where even in the clearest waters visibility will not be as good as it is on land,” he said. (ANI)

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