Hello Memory, Where did I put my car keys?

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About at week ago I got a call from my dad asking for assistance from his “memory” (something he occasionally calls me since he is constantly forgetting things). He knew that one of my nieces, his granddaughters, has a birthday coming up, but he couldn’t remember which one and when it was. After having this conversation I sat down to begin looking for an article to write about for this blog post. I decided it might be interesting to look at gender differences and memory, as I find myself acting as the “memory” for most of the men in my life. In my search I found a study entitled “Gender differences in memory test performance among children and adolescents” that looks at these differences” (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887617702001622)

Loew, Mayfeild, and Reynolds, the authors of the article, conducted a simple study to test memory differences between child and adolescent boys and girls. To do so, the researchers gave the core and supplementary subtests of the Test of Memory and Learning (TOMAL) to 1279 individuals, 637 males and 642 females, ranging from 5 to 19 years old. The results of the test showed that females scored higher on the verbal sections of the TOMAL, while male participants scored higher on spatial memory tests.

The results of this study don’t necessarily support my everyday experiences. I find myself constantly having to remember what my dad said he needed at the store, or where my stepfather put his car keys, verbal and spatial tasks respectively. However, I understand that there are individual differences and the participants in this study may not have had such needy, forgetful family members!


1 thought on “Hello Memory, Where did I put my car keys?

  1. allieboe

    I understand having to remember things for the men in my family. I constantly have to remind my dad of events and have to help him search for his “misplaced” items that he just forgot where he set down. Another gender difference I see in my family is that my grandpa is more prone to mix up my brothers and cousins names when trying to get their attention, whereas my grandmother never has trouble knowing what name to say. It’s interesting that men were better at spatial tasks in this study, because I don’t really see that in my life, but like you said, all people are different. Maybe our families are just exceptions to the rule!

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