Researchers at Michigan State University have found that the brains of girls react to anxiety, such as after making a mistake, by working faster than the brains of boys, raising the possibility that girls may be more prone to mental disorders.
Around 149 participants took part in the study, of whom 79 were girls. All of the participants were made to wear a special cap fitted with electrodes that recorded brain activity during a task that involved identifying the middle alphabet of the two words, "FFFFF" and "EEFEE".
The researchers found that when the girls made a mistake, their brain activity was faster when compared to the boys. "This may help predict the development of anxiety issues later in life for girls. It's one more piece of the puzzle for us to figure out why women in general have more anxiety disorders", lead researcher Jason Moser wrote in the report, published in the Journal of Psychophysiology.