Hammering in the dark

The science of hammering:
[Via Eureka! Science News – Popular science news]

When it comes to something as simple as hammering a nail, some people are naturals and get the job done after a few clean, sharp strokes of the hammer, whereas for the rest of us a similar challenge is likely to end up with the nail bent in the middle, a sore thumb and a wounded pride. Dr. Duncan Irschick and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have measured hammering performance in men and women and found that men are more accurate than women when hammering under light deprivation, and, conversely, women are more accurate in the light, regardless of target size.


Does this mean that men hit their fingers in the dark less than women and are women really more effective at driving a nail? And does being more accurate actually result in driving the nail with fewer hits? Is speed included? What is the bent nail count?

I do love the fact that men can hit nails better in the dark than women. That seems like a really useful survival trait. Of course, anyone who watches the SImpsons knows that Marge is much better at handling tools that Homer.

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3 thoughts on “Hammering in the dark

  1. Thanks for the link. Clicking through, one discovers that this “study” included 3 women and 4 men.

    It prompts the question: What sort of conclusions could one draw from so tiny a set of observations?

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