Are Men Better Than Women At Spatial Abilities?
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Aired 10/5/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Dr. Moshe Hoffman, post-doctoral student, UC San Diego, Rady School of Management.
A recent sociological experiment conducted by researchers from UC San Diego is casting doubt on one of the most widely-accepted gender differences -- men's inherent superiority in spatial ability. Photos courtesy of Seda Ertac
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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