Are Sex Differences Important for Complex Spatial Tasks?
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
This study investigates sex-related differences on a cognitive task that required the recall and comparison of states. Reaction time, accuracy, and efficiency were considered in a computer game where participants uncovered two states in a spatial array and determined whether they matched. The preliminary task results suggested males were more familiar with state shapes and locations than females. This increased familiarity with the locations of states on maps, however, did not translate to an advantage on the main experiment where the results appeared to be more related to the nature of the task than the cognitive processing differences between sexes.
sex, spatial abilities, memory, rotation, geographic education
Bunch, R. L. (2002). Are sex differences important for complex spatial tasks?. Research in Geographic Education, 4(1), pp. 43-62.