A Study of Gender Differences in Autobiographical Memory: Broken Down by Age and Sex
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Data from 40 older adults who produced autobiographical memories to word cues and to the request to list five important memories, and data from 60 older adults who answered factual multiple-choice questions for events spread across their lives, were analyzed for gender differences. In spite of considerable statistical power, there were no gender differences in the distribution of autobiographical memories over the lifespan, in the distribution of important memories, in various ratings provided to these memories, or in the distribution of knowledge for events. The only gender difference found was that men performed better on factual questions about current events and baseball. Thus, counter to what might be expected from Darwinian theory and some behavioral data, gender differences were minimal.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1023/A:1021676309064
Publication InfoRahhal, TA; Rubin, David C; & Schulkind, MD (1999). A Study of Gender Differences in Autobiographical Memory: Broken Down by Age and Sex. Journal of Adult Development, 6(1). pp. 61-71. 10.1023/A:1021676309064. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10141.
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Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
For .pdfs of all publications click here My main research interest has been in long-term memory, especially for complex (or "real-world") stimuli. This work includes the study of autobiographical memory