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In spite of differences, every human being incorporates the same information about the world’s three-dimensionality. Wilson: If there is a sex difference in mental rotation, which there seems to be, and if we can identify the underlying mechanisms, then we might expect to observe variation within both men and women as a function of fetal androgenization or exposure to other mechanisms that generate sex differences. Variation in sexually differentiated developmental processes might impact on the distribution of mental rotation abilities in both sexes in adulthood.
These cannot be transformed into each other by any rigid motion within the plane. A rigid motion is still experienced. But it is experienced as a rotation out of the plane, through three-dimensional space. Evidently we are just as capable of representing a rigid motion in three-dimensional space as in the two-dimensional plane. But only the motion in three-dimensional space can attain the conservation of shape that is probable in the world. Suppose we now step everything up one dimension. When identical threedimensional shapes, like the Shepard-Metzler objects shown in Fig.
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