A sex difference in mental rotation in young infants: Research report

Paul C. Quinn, Lynn S. Liben

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Abstract

Three- to 4-month-old female and male human infants were administered a two-dimensional mental-rotation task similar to those given to older children and adults. Infants were familiarized with the number 1 (or its mirror image) in seven different rotations between 0° and 360°, and then preference-tested with a novel rotation of the familiar stimulus paired with its mirror image. Male infants displayed a novelty preference for the mirror-image stimulus over the novel rotation of the familiar stimulus, whereas females divided attention between the two test stimuli. The results point toward an early emergence of a sex difference in mental rotation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1070
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological Science
Volume19
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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