The first downloadable file have been put up. If you are interested in reading my BSc dissertation it is now available in the Download page.
The dissertation is about foraging-related stimuli and hunter-gatherer theory. It is somewhat based on a study by Krasnow et al. (2011), who found that on an absolute object location memory task (aOLM), women had a disadvantage with fruit stimuli. I was interested to see if this effect also occured in the conventional relative OLM task (in absolute OLM precision is involved, and no sex difference is usually observed. In relative OLM women tend to overall be better).
Research on foraging-related stimuli on OLM were scarce. Besides the Krasnow et al. (2011) study, the only other study to investigate this was Cashdan et al. (2012), who found no difference between fruit and animals on the task. They did not, however, compare results to controls.
We did an experiment were participants had to remember the location of objects and then subsequently place them where they had previously seen them. The stimuli was manipulated to include fruit, animals, and neutral stimuli. Hunter-gatherer theory (Silverman & Eals, 1992) suggested that women should generally be better at this task, so we predicted that women should outperform men in the neutral condition. Furthermore, as men were hunters their performance should improve with animal stimuli compared to neutral. Similarly, women should show improvement with fruit stimuli compared to neutral. Continue reading