ERIC Number: ED246330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Motor Skill Acquisition: A Function of Gender or Sex-Role?
Lombardo, John P.; And Others
Previous research has found that males perform better than females on the pursuit rotor. To examine whether males and females with different sex role orientations would perform differently on a motor task, 120 students (classified as androgynous, traditional sex role, cross-sexed, or undifferentiated, based on scores on the Personal Attributes Questionnaire) were tested on a rotary pursuit apparatus. Tests were run in a sequence of 80 15-second trials with a 15-second rest interval between every four trials. An additional trial was run to obtain the final measure of reminiscence (gains in performance following rest). Males performed significantly better than females, showing nonsignificant differences among all groups of males regardless of sex role. The performance of androgynous women was equal to that of all male groups, while the performance of the feminine (traditional) women was poorer than all other groups of women. Cross-sexed women (masculine) did not perform at the same level as androgynous women. The findings suggest that motor skill acquisition may be related to sex role in women but not in men. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984).