Spatial abilities, sex differences, and lateral eye movements

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Abstract

Conducted 2 experiments with 91 female and 50 male undergraduates to examine relationships among the ability to determine horizontality, a general test of spatial abilities, and hemispheric activation measured lateral eye movements. Females who could determine horizontality were more likely to demonstrate a right-hemispheric mode of processing indexed by direction of lateral eye movements. Overall, the ability to determine horizontality was positively correlated with a general measure of spatial ability for the right-hemispheric females but not for the left-hemispheric females. For males, there was a high positive correlation between the horizontality task and the spatial ability measure, regardless of hemispheric mode of processing. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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