Graduate Students

Randi A. DoyleRandi 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