Publication: Men are More Accurate than Women in Aiming at Targets in Both Near Space and Extrapersonal Space

Men excel at motor tasks requiring aiming accuracy whereas women excel at different tasks requiring fine motor skill. However, these tasks are confounded with proximity to the body, as fine motor tasks are performed proximally and aiming tasks are directed at distal targets. As such, it is not known whether the male advantage on tasks requiring aiming accuracy is because men have better aim or is better in the proximal domain in which the task is usually presented. 18 men age=20.6 yr., SD=3.0) and 20 women (M age= 18.7 yr., SD=0.9) performed 2 tasks of extrapersonal aiming accuracy (>2 m away), 2 tasks of aiming accuracy performed in near space (< 1 m from them), and a task of fine motor skill. Men outperformed women on both the extrapersonal aiming tasks, and women outperformed men on the task of fine motor skill. However, a male adrantage was observed for one of the aiming tasks performed in near space, suggesting that the male advantage for aiming accuracy does not result from proximity.

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Laurie Sykes Tottenham D. Saucier
Lorin Elias Carl Gutwin
University of Saskatchewan

Citation

Sykes Tottenham, L., Saucier, D., Elias, L., Gutwin, C. 2005. Men are More Accurate than Women in Aiming at Targets in Both Near Space and Extrapersonal Space. In Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 101 no. 1, 3-12.

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@article {422-men-are-more,
author= {Laurie Sykes Tottenham and D. Saucier and Lorin Elias and Carl Gutwin},
title= {Men are More Accurate than Women in Aiming at Targets in Both Near Space and Extrapersonal Space},
booktitle= {Perceptual and Motor Skills},
year= {2005},
volume= {101},
number= {1},
pages= {3-12}
}