Mental Rotation With and Without a Concurrent Task: Moderating Effects of Visuospatial Ability
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Men N 25 and women N 27 rated as either high or low in visuospatial ability as assessed on a battery of visuospatial tests Card Rotations, Mental Rotations, Minnesota Paper Form Board, performed a computer- administered task requiring the mental rotation of abstract geometric shapes presented sequentially, either alone or with a concurrent task of repeating sets of six random digits. Gender and skill-level effects were found. Men were faster than women, and high visuospatial subjects were faster than low. Individual performance did not significantly differ between the single- and dual-task conditions, either in terms of mean response time or rate of mental rotation.
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