Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Comparative Study
, 23 (5), 667-72

Sex Differences in Odor Identification Ability: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

Comparative Study

Sex Differences in Odor Identification Ability: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

R L Doty et al. Neuropsychologia.

Abstract

To ascertain the generality of a sex difference noted in odor identification ability, the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) was administered to four groups of subjects: Black Americans (n = 438), White Americans (n = 1559), Korean Americans (n = 106), and Native Japanese (n = 308). The women of all four groups outperformed the men to the same relative degree. The Korean American group performed better than the Black and White American groups, which, in turn, outperformed the Native Japanese. Analyses of the proportions of subjects correctly answering each of the test items revealed considerable similarity of relative item difficulty among the subject groups. Taken together, these data suggest that sex differences in odor identification ability are probably not due to ethnic or cultural factors, per se.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 53 PubMed Central articles

See all "Cited by" articles

Publication types

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback