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September 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
A breakthrough work in neuroscience and an incisive corrective to a long history of damaging pseudoscience, finally debunking the myth that there is a biological distinction between male and female brains
For decades if not centuries, science has backed up society’s simple dictum that men and women are hardwired differently, that the world is divided into two different kinds of brains—male and female. However, new research in neuroimaging suggests that this is little more than “neurotrash.”
In this powerfully argued work, acclaimed professor of neuroimaging Gina Rippon finally challenges this damaging myth by showing how the science community has engendered bias and stereotype by rewarding studies that show difference rather than sameness. Drawing on cutting-edge research in neuroscience and psychology, Rippon presents the latest evidence which finally proves that brains are like mosaics comprised of both male and female components, and that they remain plastic, adapting throughout the course of a person’s life. Discernible gender identities, she asserts, are shaped by society, where scientific misconceptions continue to be wielded and perpetuated to the detriment of our children, our own lives, and our culture.
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About the Author:
Professor GINA RIPPON is an international researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience based at the Aston Brain Centre at Aston University in Birmingham. Her research involves the use of state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to investigate developmental disorders such as autism. She is a regular contributor to events such as the British Science Festival, New Scientist Live and the Sceptics in the Pub series. In 2015 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for her contributions to the public communication of science.
Rippon is also an advocate for initiatives to help overcome the under-representation of women in STEM subjects. As part of a European Union Gender Equality Network, she has addressed conferences all over the world. She belongs to WISE and ScienceGrrl, and is a member of Robert Peston’s Speakers4Schools programme and the Inspiring the Future initiative.
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