The entire scientist fraternity is going gaga about how women are at par with men with it comes to spatial cognition.
Hurray! Here is some awesome news from the scientific fraternity ladies as they agree that women have better spatial cognition capabilities – that means we have great organisational and utilisation skills. In fact, they say that we are at par with our male counterparts.
Researchers have found that there is no male advantage in mental rotation abilities associated with spatial cognition competences, by employing cutting-edge eye-tracking technology.
The study was conducted by researchers at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. It was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Organisational skills are no more a man’s thing, say researchers
Dr. Campbell said the skill of spatial cognition or our ability to navigate our environment has been the battleground for almost 40 years for researchers claiming that males have a distinct performance advantage on tests of spatial cognition, notably the mental rotations test.
Studying the cognitive proficiency of individuals and gamers is a key aim of the Lero Esports Science Research Lab which opened in 2019 and is the first of its kind in Ireland.
Dr. Campbell explained:
Better performance on these tests is strongly associated with higher IQ and better performance in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects in schools and colleges.
Are men better than women? Here’s what study has to say
The answer to this is question is NO.
Dr. Toth says, “Our study found that there is no male advantage in mental rotation abilities. By lengthening the time allowed to complete the test, the male performance advantage diminished entirely suggesting that the so-called sex difference in mental rotation is simply not there or may be explained by other factors.”
Men & women might have different approaches but they both have similar spatial cognition to get results
The research also found for the first time that both males and females frequently employed different gaze strategies during the cognitive tests to get to the correct answer. In other words, men and women approach the task in a different way to get the same result.
One hundred University of Limerick (UL) undergraduate and postgraduate level psychology and sports science students volunteered to take part in the test carried out by the Lero researchers. The 47 men and 53 women were in good health and had an average age of 23.
The bottom line is – never undermine the power of a woman. So, ladies buck up and hold your head high as you’ve got the power and skills to rule the professional front.