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Framing Spatial Tasks as Social Eliminates Gender Differences

Women underperform on certain spatial tests when they don’t expect to do as well as men, but framing the tests as social tasks eliminates the gender gap in performance. ... More>

Babies’ Spatial Reasoning Predicts Later Math Skills

Findings from a longitudinal study show that spatial reasoning measured in infancy predicts how children do at math at four years of age. ... More>

Observer Article

How Rats, Bats, Bees, and People Navigate Their Worlds

Creatures ranging from honeybees to humans possess an innate mental map that allows them to navigate the world. In a symposium organized by APS President C. Randy Gallistel, Nobel laureate Edvard Moser and APS Fellows Randolf Menzel, Barbara G. Tversky, and Russell A. Epstein discuss how behavioral, cognitive, and brain sciences are charting a new course toward understanding the cognitive map. ... More>

Satiated, Stuffed, and Spatially Impaired?

New research suggests that a few days of high-fat, high-sugar eating — say, Thanksgiving followed by a weeks’ worth of leftovers — may impair a specific cognitive function: spatial recognition. ... More>

Observer Article

Charging Up the Inner GPS

A team of psychological researchers has demonstrated that a weak sense of direction can be bolstered with a simple electric current to the brain. ... More>