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Sex Roles

, Volume 59, Issue 11, pp 776-786

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Mom, Let Me Play More Computer Games: They Improve My Mental Rotation Skills

  • Isabelle D. CherneyAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Creighton University Email author 

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This study investigated how 3-D and 2-D computer game practice and delivery as well as individual differences affect performance on two tests of mental rotation (Vandenberg Mental Rotation Test and Card Rotation Test). Sixty-one US undergraduates from the Midwest completed 4 h of either massed or distributed practice. While computer game practice improved mental rotation scores in general, women’s gains were significantly greater than men’s, and the most significant gains were accomplished when practice was massed. High mathematical ability, gender, and type of practice significantly predicted improvement scores. The findings suggest that even very minimal computer game practice may improve performance on mental rotation tasks.


Spatial experience Gender Mental rotation Computer games Visuospatial practice