The emergence of cognitive sex differences during adolescence : a longitudinal study

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heather H. Hill (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
Web Site: http://library.uncw.edu/
Advisor
William Overman

Abstract: Cognitive sex differences have consistently been found in adulthood, with males excelling on visual-spatial tasks and females excelling on manual dexterity tasks. Although these differences are found in adulthood, they rarely exist before adolescence. The present study aims to document the emergence of cognitive sex differences in an adolescent sample. The first year of the study began when the adolescent sample was in the 7th grade. Cognitive measurements continued in the same sample once a year for five consecutive years. Participants were administered a battery of sex-sensitive tasks known to show sex differences in adulthood. In order to compare adult performance with adolescent performance, college-aged males and females were also tested once on the same battery of cognitive tasks.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Sex differences, Sex differences (Psychology)
Subjects
Sex differences
Sex differences (Psychology)