Accession Number : ADA321788

Title :   Instructional Interventions for Reduction of Gender Differences in Learning.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 9 Jan 95-30 Sep 95,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Regian, J. W.

PDF Url : ADA321788

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : The objectives of the studies reported herein sought to refine and extend earlier research on gender-based spatial differences, focusing on the application of instructional interventions that can possibly reduce any gender differences. First, we attempted to replicate a study where one simple instructional intervention (i.e., heterogeneous discussion groups between training sessions) had been shown to improve females' spatial skills. Second, we tried to account for the remaining performance differences between males and females after the instructional intervention by measuring testosterone levels in saliva using a radioimmunoassay procedure. Third, we measured gender-based differences in performance on a complex spatial task under stress, and related these differences to testosterone level.

Descriptors :   *PSYCHOMOTOR FUNCTION, *CONDITIONING(LEARNING), *TESTOSTERONE, SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, GROUP DYNAMICS, PERFORMANCE TESTS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), MALES, VISUAL PERCEPTION, MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, MENTAL ABILITY, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), FEMALES, PSYCHOMOTOR TESTS, RADIOIMMUNOASSAY.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE