Most men have what it is called “spatial ability”. That is why they can rotate a map in their mind and know in which direction to go. If they need to come back again in the same place at a later time, they can do so without needing a map. Most men can read a map while facing south and know they need to go north. They can also look at a map and navigate from memory afterwards. The examples are numerous, but you get the idea. Most women can’t do all those things. In fact when they head out of a store at a mall, most of them don’t know if they came in from the left or right side of the corridor. Similarly, they can almost never find their car in a parking lot.So why can men find their way around? There are thousands of documented scientific studies that confirm male superiority in spatial skills. That is because they are (anthropological speaking) the food providers and they need to find their way home to ensure the survival of the family.A test has been produced at Iowa State University by professor of psychology Dr Camilla Benbow. She scanned the brains of more than a million boys and girls to study their spatial ability and reported that differences between the sexes were already significant by the age of four. She found that while girls were excellent at seeing two dimensions in the brain, boys had the ability to see a third dimension, giving depth. On three-dimensional video tests, boys outstripped girls in spatial ability by a ratio of 4: 1 and the best girls were often outclassed by the lowest scoring boys.Maybe that is why most women don’t enjoy spatial activities and don’t pursue careers that involve spatial activities. Examples? Well we first have sports such as golf, basketball, cricket, hunting, etc. Then there are careers such as architecture, engine mechanics, airplane pilots and a few others.Note: Studies also showed that a man’s brain measures speed and distance to know when to change direction.Go check out “Why (apparently) boys don’t listen?” and “Why can men only do one thing at a time?”.