Memory can be broken down into two components: verbal and spatial memories. Verbal memory involves reading, writing, vocabulary and comprehension of texts. Spatial memory, on the other hand, involves the ability to read maps, rotate geometric figures in space, and understand diagrams. Women are thought to have better verbal memories than men, whereas men seem to have better spatial abilities than women. We recruited 28 participants from the Human Subject Pool in order to test this hypothesis. We found that this is not true when we gave the participants memory tasks; there are more differences within a certain gender than differences between the two genders. On the other hand, when participants filled out the questionnaires regarding their memories men did prefer spatial tasks, whereas women leaned towards the verbal tasks.
Richardson, Miranda and Zeik, Anna
"Memory Task: Gender Differences in Verbal and Spatial Memory Ability,"
Undergraduate Psychology Research Methods Journal: Vol. 1
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/psych_journals/vol1/iss4/8
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