Women have better recall when it comes to remembering specifics, according to new research. Females apparently have the edge when it comes to remembering features of a conversation or where missing objects might be because they fare better with episodic memory. Episodic memory is the ability to recall autobiographical events such as what happened last week or whether the cat was fed this morning. The research also indicates women are better at remembering faces and recalling sensory memories such as smells.
The research group based their findings on 617 studies that were conducted between 1973 and 2013 and included more than 1.2 million participants. But researchers say that memories come in many forms and men do actually have the advantage sometimes. For instance, a male is more likely to be able to find his way back to the car because they are good at remembering information involving spatial processing. The researchers concluded that the cognitive differences between men and women are small but hoped that their mega-study will raise new questions about memory and gender.