Women remember more faces than men do

Acta Psychol (Amst). 2007 Mar;124(3):344-55. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2006.04.004. Epub 2006 Jun 9.


Women have been found to outperform men on face recognition tasks, specifically in the recognition of female faces. Men do not seem to exhibit a corresponding own-sex bias. To examine the generality and possible reasons for these patterns, 107 men and 112 women viewed faces of both children and adults of either Swedish or Bangladeshi origin, for later recognition. As expected, women were especially good at remembering female faces, but also outperformed men on male faces. Men did not show an own-sex bias. Thus, regardless of age and ethnicity of the faces, women performed at a higher level than men on both female and male faces, possibly reflecting enhanced interest in faces, and in particular, female faces.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Face*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory*
  • Recognition, Psychology
  • Sex Factors