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Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

24

Number

1

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

This study examined the effects of age and gender on spatial navigation ability. Samoan Primary School students (N = 40) aged 7-12 years were tested on performance of a Size Test and a Corsi Test, followed by a Spatial Navigation Test. It was hypothesized that older children would perform better at all tasks, especially the Spatial Navigation Test. It was further hypothesized that males would perform better than females at the Spatial Navigation Test and that males would employ more detailed strategies in traversing the spatial navigation space. Lastly, it was hypothesized that increased performance on the Size and Corsi Tests would correlate with increased performance on the Spatial Navigation Test. Results showed that age and gender did not significantly predict spatial navigation ability. Findings suggest that cultural disparities in the constructs of age and gender in Samoa as compared to the United States may have impacted study results. Further cultural specific considerations including language, school system structure, and representational focus are discussed.

Keyword

spatial navigation; symbolic representation; cognitive mapping; corsi test

Document Type

Article

Language

English

Rights

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License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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