MSU study finds women are more sensitive to irritating behavior

Feb 5, 2016

Does irritating, boorish behavior get on your nerves? If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to answer that question with a “yes” than a man is, according to a recent study led by an MSU psychology professor. We speak with professor Christopher Hopwood, who headed the study.


Some behaviors are so irritating, we would probably all be annoyed by them. But how annoyed we get has some connection to our sex, according to a new study led by an MSU psychology professor.

The study methodically surveyed a group of 235 people to evaluate whether women and men differ in their sensitivities to the aversive behavior of the people they interact with. The findings appear in the latest issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Current State talks with psychology Professor Christopher Hopwood, who led the study.