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The Thermostat War At Home

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We've known for some time that, on average, women are most comfortable at room temperatures that are slightly higher than what men prefer.

Now, for the first time, researchers have looked into how differing preferences play out, that is, how men and women view the decision-making process around setting the thermostat. Interestingly, women in the study tended to see the interactions as conflicts, while men said that there was agreement or compromise. 

Nicole Sintov is the lead author of the study and assistant professor of behavior, decision making and sustainability at The Ohio State University.

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.