Everyone can learn to read a map!

A spatial industry colleague forwarded me a link to this Science Newsline article this morning, reporting that

“new research carried out at the University of Warwick reveals that confidence levels play a key role in women’s ability to perform spatial tasks.”

The research paper, Confidence Mediates the Sex Difference in Mental Rotation Performance, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, supports my opinion that many women have simply been subjected to a lifetime of being told they have “poor spatial skills”, and that many have come to accept it as being true. Every woman I have ever met who wanted to, and was willing to challenge this societal assumption, has been able to “think spatial”.

With luck, another positive benefit of the inclusion of mapping and GPS capabilities in mobile phones is that this will make using “location information” & spatial skills, and gaining confidence with them, more equitably acquirable.