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Mental rotation in human infants: a sex difference.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19076473     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A sex difference on mental-rotation tasks has been demonstrated repeatedly, but not in children less than 4 years of age. To demonstrate mental rotation in human infants, we habituated 5-month-old infants to an object revolving through a 240 degrees angle. In successive test trials, infants saw the habituation object or its mirror image revolving through a previously unseen 120 degrees angle. Only the male infants appeared to recognize the familiar object from the new perspective, a feat requiring mental rotation. These data provide evidence for a sex difference in mental rotation of an object through three-dimensional space, consistently seen in adult populations.
Authors:
David S Moore; Scott P Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological science     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1467-9280     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Sci     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-16     Completed Date:  2009-07-13     Revised Date:  2013-05-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007542     Medline TA:  Psychol Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1063-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Pitzer College and Claremont Graduate University, Los Angeles, CA 91711,USA. dmoore@pitzer.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Female
Humans
Infant
Male
Mental Processes*
Rotation*
Sex Factors
Videotape Recording
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R01 HD040432/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD040432-07/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01-HD40432/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01-HD48733/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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