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Are Men Better Than Women At Spatial Abilities?

Above: Khasi Villagers

Aired 10/5/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Dr. Moshe Hoffman, post-doctoral student, UC San Diego, Rady School of Management.

Transcript

Are men better than women at certain tasks? You just have to bring up reading a map to start the debate.

Many studies suggest men excel over women when it comes to spatial abilities, solving problems involving physical spaces, shapes and forms. That's a key component to their success in technology and engineering fields.

But local researchers have found this could be attributed to nurture, rather than nature. Their research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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