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Introduction to the Study of Gender Differences in Cognition

John T. E. Richardson

in Gender Differences in Human Cognition

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112917.003.0001

Series: Counterpoints: Cognition, Memory, and Language

Introduction to the Study of Gender Differences in Cognition

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This chapter briefly reviews the historical development of research into differences between women and men as it relates to contemporary discussions concerning actual or potential differences in cognition. In addition, methodological issues that are involved in research on differences between men and women and the broad variety of theoretical accounts that tend to be put forward in order to explain the findings obtained in such research are considered. Some of these issues are shown by discussing the research findings obtained in the case of one particular measure of spatial ability, the Rod and Frame Test. In general, the range of theoretical options that have been exploited in endeavoring to explain observed differences between men and women in terms of their cognitive performance are described.

Keywords: men; women; Rod and Frame Test; biological theory; sociocultural theory

Chapter.  11543 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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