Circle of friends gives boys math confidence

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Boys tend to rate their mathematical abilities higher than girls – but why? © Sadeugra/ iStock

Boys often rate their math skills higher than girls – even if their objective performance is the same. But what factors contribute to these different self-assessments? A study has now identified a factor that has received little attention so far: comparison with peers. According to the study, boys are more influenced by classmates than girls.

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