It's commonly believed that men are better at STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) than women. I've heard before that men are naturally better at more logical thinking and problem-solving, while women have more emotional intelligence. But I've never heard conclusively whether this is true, and it seems likely that it could just be a well-ingrained stereotype passing itself off as a scientific understanding.

To be clear, I'm not interested in intelligence in general (there's a question for that already) but in any specific differences that make men or women better at particular subjects. That means whether they're actually inherently better because of biology, not because of social reasons or whether they're perceived to be better.

I'm thinking of two potential sources of evidence:

  • Neuroscience that tells us the differences (or lack thereof) of structures in the brain.
  • Statistics that prove one way or another (perhaps from studies done on children)
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    @PointlessSpike-Kindly provide sources of your notable claim for neuroscience (differences (or lack thereof) of structures in the brain). Oct 13, 2015 at 8:52
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    I'm not sure how this can be considered "opinion-based". I can understand notability issues as it's more a cultural perception that's difficult to pin down, but you could answer this with facts. Just something that shows whether neurological differences can cause one gender to be better than another at certain subjects. Oct 13, 2015 at 9:14
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    I think this is an interesting question, but it'd help if there were specific examples of the claim provided, so we know exactly what to address.
    – Golden Cuy
    Oct 13, 2015 at 10:24
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    I will vote to reopen this if notability is shown.
    – March Ho
    Oct 13, 2015 at 12:46
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    The idea that modern neuroscience could determine whether men or women are "naturally" better at a skill would itself be a good question, if we could find a suitable claim. I am strongly skeptical that neuroscience is going to suddenly resolve the nature versus nurture question.
    – Oddthinking
    Oct 13, 2015 at 23:26


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