A lot of little kids, boys and girls when they hear about smart grown-ups, they think of men.

FOX's Chris Foster reports:

It's a study in the journal "Science". Five-year-olds are told a story about someone who's really really smart, and asked to point to a picture of who the story is about. Most boys point to a man. Most girls point to a woman.

But starting at age six and seven, when kids are deeper into school, girls are much less likely to choose a woman as the the brilliant one.

Another experiment finds that by age six, girls are less interested than boys in a game they're told is for smart children. And equally interested in a game they're told is for hard-working children.

Really, the games were pretty much the same. Girls just responded less favorably to the game they were told was smart.

Chris Foster, FOX News.