The Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 461–466 | Cite as

Sex differences in spatial memory: A reanalysis of block tapping long-term memory according to the short-term memory level

  • Capitani E. 
  • Laiacona M. 
  • Ciceri E. 
  • Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio Neuropsicologico dell'Invecchiamento
Article

Abstract

This paper analyzes the spatial memory performance of 495 subjects. Both short-term and long-term memory have been analyzed by means of the Corsi blocktapping test. We provide separate norms for the learning of a supra-span sequence according to the level of spatial short-term memory.

The long-term memory of males and females was compared in groups matched for spatial short-term memory, and the gender effect was never found to be significant. This finding is discussed in relation to the nature of sex differences in spatial abilities.

Key-Words

Spatial memory sex differences 

Sommario

Questa ricerca analizza la prestazione di 495 soggetti in compiti di memoria spaziale, studiando il comportamento al test di Corsi in prove di memoria a breve e a lungo termine. Vengono forniti dati normativi, distinti a seconda dello span di memoria a breve-termine, per l'apprendimento di una stringa standardizzata, maggiore dello span. E stata poi confrontata la memoria a lungo-termine di maschi e femmine in gruppi omogenei per il livello di memoria a breve-termine, e le differenze di sesso trovate in precedenza non sono più risultate significative. Questo dato viene discusso con riferimento alla natura delle differenze di sesso per le funzioni cognitive in compiti di tipo spaziale.

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© Masson Italia Editori 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Capitani E. 
    • 1
  • Laiacona M. 
    • 2
  • Ciceri E. 
    • 1
  • Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio Neuropsicologico dell'Invecchiamento
  1. 1.Ospedale S. PaoloClinica Neurologica dell'UniversitàMilano
  2. 2.Fondazione Clinica del LavoroCentro Medico di Veruno, IRCCSPavia

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