Spatial Testing and Gender

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“Women underperform on spatial tests when they don’t expect to do as well as men, but framing the tests as social tasks eliminates the gender gap in performance, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science…
‘Our research suggests that we may be underestimating the abilities of women in how we measure spatial thinking,’ says postdoctoral researcher Margaret Tarampi of the University of California, Santa Barbara. ‘Given findings that entry into and retention in STEM disciplines is affected by our measures of spatial ability, we may be disproportionately limiting the accessibility of these fields to women because of the ways that we are measuring spatial abilities.‘”
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