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Title:Gender and Menstrual Cycle Effects in Human Spatial Cognition
Author(s):Harrison, Catherine Ramzy
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kramer, Arthur F.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Psychobiology
Abstract:This hypothesis was supported by evidence from these experiments that, while each gender performs equally well in a fully furnished virtual reality environment, only the performance of women is adversely affected when furnishings are removed. Hormone replacement therapy in elderly women and menstrual phase in younger women also affect landmark dependence in navigation. When describing a learned virtual reality environment, women report a higher percentage of responses concerning landmark objects, while men produce a higher percentage of responses pertaining to directions and turns. In addition, verbal working memory and perceptual speed fluctuate over the menstrual cycle or with hormone replacement in the elderly, in a manner that may account for women's fluctuating reliance upon a route- or landmark-based strategy.
Issue Date:2000
Description:124 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971089
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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