Experiential factors in sex differences on mental rotation

Isabelle D. Cherney*, Kavita Jagarlamudi, Erika Lawrence, Nicole Shimabuku

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1062-1070
Number of pages9
JournalPerceptual and motor skills
Issue number3 II
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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