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ERIC Number: EJ797416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
A Lateralization of Function Approach to Sex Differences in Spatial Ability: A Reexamination
Rilea, Stacy L.
Brain and Cognition, v67 n2 p168-182 Jul 2008
The current study assessed the lateralization of function hypothesis (Rilea, S. L., Roskos-Ewoldsen, B., & Boles, D. (2004). "Sex differences in spatial ability: A lateralization of function approach." "Brain and Cognition," 56, 332-343) which suggested that it was the interaction of brain organization and the type of spatial task that led to sex differences in spatial ability. A second purpose was to evaluate explanations for their unexpected findings on the mental rotation task. In Experiment 1, participants completed the Water Level, Paper Folding, and mental rotation tasks (using an object-based or self-based perspective), presented bilaterally. Sex differences were only observed on the Water Level Task; a right hemisphere advantage was observed on Water Level and mental rotation tasks. In Experiment 2, a human stick figure or a polygon was mentally rotated. Men outperformed women when rotating polygons, but not when rotating stick figures. Men demonstrated a right hemisphere advantage when rotating polygons; women showed no hemisphere differences for either stimulus. Thus, hemisphere processing, task complexity, and stimulus type may influence performance for men and women across different spatial measures. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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