ChnStd  Vol.3 No.2 , May 2014
Mental Rotation Test Performance of Chinese Male and Female University Students
The Mental Rotation Test (MRT) of spatial abilities has consistently produced large gender differences favoring males. Recent social changes in gender attitudes and gender roles have not diminished such differences. Of special interest is the finding that the MRT involves a spatial ability positively correlated with higher-level math ability; individuals who do well on the MRT also tend to score high on standardized test of mathematics. In our previous studies using a GRE Math Subject Practice Test, we had found a lack of gender differences in math for Chinese college students. At the same time, we found an over-representation of males among physics and computer sciences majors in Chinese colleges. These findings lead to an obvious question regarding gender differences in spatial ability, especially the MRT among Chinese students. The present study was conducted to obtain MRT data from the same population of Chinese college students used in our earlier math studies. We found male Chinese students scored significantly higher than their female counterparts on the MRT.

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Tsui, M., Venator, E., & Xu Xiaoying (2014) Mental Rotation Test Performance of Chinese Male and Female University Students. Chinese Studies, 3, 41-46. doi: 10.4236/chnstd.2014.32007.
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