Can anxiety impede women's careers? A new study out of Michigan State University indicates that it might. Researchers asked college students, some of whom had anxiety problems, to complete several tasks while wearing an electrode cap, and found that men and women perform differently on difficult tasks, especially when anxiety is a factor.
It turns out that the women with anxiety had higher brain activity on both simple and difficult tasks than high-anxiety men. What's more, women with anxiety problems did worse on the harder tasks than the men despite this increase in brain activity. Anxious men, the researchers discovered, are better test-takers than anxious women. How might this phenomenon manifest itself in the classroom and workplace?