The Female Brain

A great episode of Insight last night, looking at the biological differences betweens men’s and women’s brains, and how much these differences impact upon behavior. I must say that I sided with neuroscientist Professor Lesley Rogers who argued that, in the context of neuroscientific research, it’s too early to make broad assertions about inherent differences between men and women. Not that I know anything about neuroscience – but I appreciated her cautious approach, particularly with respect to how such assumptions may impact upon society’s already skewed perspectives of gender roles. This week’s subject was inspired (or instigated) by Louann Brizendine’s book The Female Brain, which appears to be sensationalist pop-science, and exactly the sort of thing Rogers is cautioning against.


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