Sex and cultural differences in children's spatial and verbal memory span

Percept Mot Skills. 1981 Aug;53(1):39-42. doi: 10.2466/pms.1981.53.1.39.


Spatial span (Corsi's block-tapping) and verbal span (Wechsler Digits Forward) were measured in 1113 children aged 4 to 10 yr. from urban and rural districts of the Regione Campania. Significant differences pointing to a better performance of the "town" group were found on both tests. Sex differences were found only on the spatial span test; boys performed better than girls.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Memory*
  • Mental Recall*
  • Rural Population
  • Space Perception*
  • Urban Population
  • Verbal Learning*
  • Wechsler Scales