Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Psychology

Date of Award

8-2005

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Russell W. Brown

Committee Members

Michael L. Woodruff, Otto Zinser

Abstract

A computerized virtual version of the Morris water maze (vMWM) was used to assess human gender differences in spatial working memory. In Experiment 1, the release point and platform location was changed on every other trial for 20 trials. Men had significantly reduced acquisition latencies and more accurate heading errors on the first daily trial compared to women. In Experiment 2, the release point and platform location was changed every fourth trial for 20 trials. Men had significantly shorter acquisition latencies and path lengths than women. Experiment 3 was identical to Experiment 2, except that environmental cues were changed throughout testing. Men had significantly shorter acquisition latencies and path lengths than did the women. These studies are the first to demonstrate significant gender differences in a spatial working memory version of the vMWM.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

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