Please join us for a talk by Sharlene Newman, on gender differences in spatial processing.
Speaker: Sharlene Newman, Indiana University
Where: Graves Hall 202
When: Thursday, July 30, 11:30am - 12:45pm
Topic: Gender differences in spatial processing
Title: Gender differences in spatial processing
Gender differences have been observed in visuo-spatial processing, particularly mental rotation (Weiss et al., 2003). This has been observed both behaviorally, with female participants performing worse on mental rotation, and neurally with brain activation difference observed between men and women (Jordan et al., 2002; Weiss et al., 2003). There have been a number of hypotheses proposed to explain the source of these gender differences including those related to hormonal influences. However, I will argue that the differences are experience based, specifically experience with toys played with during childhood. Behavioral and MRI data will be presented.