Experiential Factors on Sex Differences in Mental Rotation
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Perceptual and Motor Skills
Past research has shown that men score significantly higher than women on mental rotation tests. The present study examined the effects of a prior exposure to a mental rotation task, i.e., adapted Cube Comparison test, and to three dimensional objects, i.e., Legos™, on the performance on the Mental Rotation Test. 113 men and women were randomly divided into three conditions: control, exposure, or detailed instructions. On average, men outperformed women. Further analyses showed that sex differences were significant in the control condition but not in the other two, suggesting that a cuing effect may explain some of the robust sex differences in visuospatial tasks.
Cherney, I. D.,
(2003). Experiential Factors on Sex Differences in Mental Rotation. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 96(3), 1062-1070.
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