London: Our brains process images differently depending on which gender we are looking at  regardless of whether we are men or women, a study has found.

The team behind the research say it could help explain why women are often the subject of sexual objectification, reported on Thursday.

The research, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, found in experiments that participants processed images of men and women in very different ways.

When casting our eyes upon an object, our brains either perceive it in its entirety or as a collection of its parts.

When presented with images of men, people tended to rely more on "global" cognitive processing, the mental method in which a person is perceived as a whole.

Meanwhile, images of women were more often the subject of "local" cognitive processing, or the objectifying perception of something as an assemblage of its various parts.

(Agencies)

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