The Female Advantage in Object Location Memory According to the Foraging Hypothesis: A Critical Analysis [Book Review]

Human Nature 18 (4):365-385 (2007)

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According to the evolutionary hypothesis of Silverman and Eals (1992, Sex differences in spatial abilities: Evolutionary theory and data. In J. H. Barkow, L. Cosmides, & J. Tooby (Eds.), The adapted mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture (pp. 533–549). Oxford: Oxford University Press), women evolutionary hypothesis, women surpass men in object location memory as a result of a sexual division in foraging activities among early humans. After surveying the main anthropological information on ancestral sex-related foraging, we review the evidence on how robust women’s advantage in object location memory is. This leads us to suggest that the functional understanding of this type of memory would benefit from comparing men and women in carefully designed and ecologically meaningful cognitive contexts involving, for instance, incidental versus intentional settings that call for either the absolute or relative encoding of the locations of common versus uncommon objects
Keywords Foraging activities  Hunting–gathering hypothesis  Object location memory  Sex differences in spatial memory  Sexual division of labor
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DOI 10.1007/s12110-007-9022-0
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