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MADISON, Wis., Sep 18, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have concluded the differences between men and women have been overblown by the popular media.

Janet Shibley Hyde, professor of psychology at the university's Madison campus looked at 120 traits including personality, communication skills, thinking power and leadership potential and found that while there were some differences, they were mostly so small as to be statistically irrelevant.

Her study found differences in only 22 percent of traits, contradicting such popular books as "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," The Sunday Times of London said.

The difference included sexual behavior, where men were less willing to show commitment, and in aggression, with men were more prone to anger.

Men were also, the psychologists found, better at skills involving coordination, such as throwing.

The research was published Sunday in the American Psychologist.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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