Men and women make very different decisions under pressure and this research as reported in this article from the Guardian explains some of the reasons how and why.
Mara Mather and researchers at the University of Southern California were curious to see if stress changes how people make decisions. They asked subjects to play a computer game: the goal was to make as much money as they could by inflating virtual balloons. As the animated balloon got bigger, you won more money. You could cash out at any time. If a balloon exploded, if you went one pump too far, then you received no cash for that popped balloon – and you couldn’t predict how many pumps it would take: it was entirely random.
Source Mental Toughness Partners