Spatial ability in children's play with Lego blocks

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Sex differences in spatial ability have been argued to originate from sex differences in children's play preferences. Child (30 boys and 20 girls) were asked to construct a specific three-dimensional model using Lego blocks and were also given the Shepard and Metzler test of mental rotation. Those who completed the Lego model scored significantly higher in spatial ability than those who did not. Constructional ability was also related to errors made during the construction of the model, but spatial ability was the best predictor of completion of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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