According to an international team of researchers, although women have a stronger emotional aversion to causing harm than men, both genders engage in similar levels of rational thinking about the outcomes of harmful action."Women are more likely to have a gut-level negative reaction to causing harm to an individual while men experience less emotional responses to doing harm," said lead research author Rebecca Friesdorf from Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University.

The findings are in line with previous research showing that women are more empathetic to the feelings of other people than men, whereas gender differences in cognitive abilities tend to be small or nonexistent. In a large-scale reanalysis of data from 6,100 participants, Friesdorf, along with Paul Conway from University of Cologne and Bertram Gawronski from University of Texas at Austin examined gender differences in judgments about moral dilemmas.

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