The evolution of sex differences in spatial ability.

Abstract:

:It is widely believed that male mammals have better spatial ability than females. A large number of evolutionary hypotheses have been proposed to explain these differences, but few species have been tested. The authors critically review the proposed evolutionary explanations for sex differences in spatial cognition and conclude that most of the hypotheses are either logically flawed or, as yet, have no substantial support. Few of the data exclusively support or exclude any current hypotheses. The hypothesis with the strongest support proposes that range size was the selection pressure that acted to increase spatial ability. The authors suggest ways in which these hypotheses could be tested by presenting explicit predictions and suggesting suitable test species or conditions.

journal_name

Behav Neurosci

journal_title

Behavioral neuroscience

authors

Jones CM,Braithwaite VA,Healy SD

doi

10.1037/0735-7044.117.3.403

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2003-06-01 00:00:00

pages

403-11

issue

3

eissn

0735-7044

issn

1939-0084

journal_volume

117

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