In a subsequent memory test, female participants could freely recall significantly more images than the male participants. 

Surprisingly though, women had a particular advantage over men when recalling positive images.

Using fMRI data from 696 test subjects, the researchers were also able to show that stronger appraisal of negative emotional image content by the female participants is linked to increased brain activity in motoric regions.

‘This result would support the common belief that women are more emotionally expressive than men,’ explained Dr Klara Spalek, lead author of the study.