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Do boys and girls have different spatial abilities?

Most brain imaging and behavioral task studies confirm that boys, overall, have more advanced spatial abilities.

The right hemisphere of the brain is considered the center for spatial skills. Studies have shown that, as early as
3-6 months, boys have
more responsivity in the
right hemisphere.

Males exceed at mental
rotation tasks, the ability
to see dimensional
objects in the mind

Females have a relative advantage in perceptual speed tasks, which involve matching objects
and pictures

Source: J.L. Shucard & D.W. Shucard (1990). “Auditory evoked potentials and hand preference in 6-month-old infants: possible gender-related differences in cerebral organization”; M. Hines (2004). “Brain gender”; D. Kimura (2000). “Sex and cognition”.