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That old adage “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” may have gained some more scientific proof recently thanks to young Winona scientists.

Cotter eighth-grader Cade Hansen, one of several participating in the school’s science fair Wednesday, wondered if males and females perceive things differently – in particular, optical illusions.

In search of an answer, he first timed how long it took five boys and five girls to identify an extra “the” in a sentence. Boys won.

Then, he measured how long it took them to see that an image of a man’s face also spelled the word “liar.” Girls took that one.

Finally, he recorded how many girls and boys perceived an image of a dancer as moving clockwise versus counterclockwise. There was no right answer – the image was actually just flipping back and forth – and the results came out a wash.

Read more in the Winona Daily News.