Randi A. Doyle
Advisor/Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Voyer
Previous Degrees (and affiliate institutions)/Licensing/Training Obtained:
B.A. (Honours), Psychology, University of New Brunswick
On average, men tend to outperform women on tests of spatial ability; I am interested in using a biopsychosocial model in order to research why this occurs. I am currently investigating gender differences in performance on tests of mental rotation and the effect of various item types and test instructions on the magnitude of these gender differences. I am also examining the impact of stereotype threat on gender differences in math and spatial performance.
Recent or Selected Publications:
Voyer, D., & Doyle, R. A. (in press). Item type, timing conditions, and gender differences on the Mental Rotations Test. In S. P McGeown (Ed.), Psychology of gender differences.
Doyle, R.A., & Voyer, D. (2012). Bodies and occlusion: Item types, cognitive strategies, and gender differences in mental rotation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI:10.1080/17470218.2012.719529
Voyer, D., & Doyle, R. A. (2012). Response format, magnitude of laterality effects and sex differences in laterality. Laterality, 17, 259-274. DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2011.568487
Doyle, R. A., Voyer, D., & Cherney, I. D. (2012). The relation between childhood spatial activities and spatial abilities in adulthood. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 112-120. DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2012.01.002
Voyer, D., & Doyle, R. A. (2010). Item type and gender differences on the Mental Rotations Test. Learning and Individual Differences, 20, 469-472. DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2010.04.010
Any Professional Awards/Honours:
- 2010-2013 Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship
- 2013 Snodgrass Prize for Graduate Student Research in Psychology
- 2009 Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master's Scholarship
- 2009 UNB Board of Governors Merit Scholarship for Graduate Studies