Maths performance as a function of sex, laterality, and age of pubertal onset

John Sappington, Richard Topolski

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Sex differences in math/spatial performance demand explanations. Within the biological view, the complexity and number of variables make the explanation difficult at best. Laterality and age of pubertal onset have been investigated prominently in this context but rarely considered as interactions in the same study. Some 468 college subjects with SAT MATH (SAT M) scores were divided into 12 groups defined by sex, laterality, and age (early, middle, and late) of pubertal onset. Significant main effects for sex and age of onset emerged, as did an interaction between lateral preference and pubertal onset. Generally males out-performed females. The combination of maleness, sinistrality, and early maturation was associated with high SAT M scores. Sinistrality and late maturation among females predicted very poor math performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-379
Number of pages11
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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