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Childhood preference for spatial toys. Gender differences and relationships with mental rotation in STEM and non-STEM students

Moè, Angelica ; Jansen, Petra ; Pietsch, Stefanie



Abstract

Women tend not to choose STEM degrees, for a number of reasons associated with aptitudes, motivation and experience with certain spatial tasks such as mental rotation. This study considered an unexplored experiential factor: childhood preference for spatial toys and sports. It was predicted that the higher the preference for spatial activities in childhood, the higher the mental rotation ...

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