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How science shatters the myth of male & female brains

Do men and women think differently? Are our brains hardwired to think in a certain way depending on the genitals we're born with? Are women biologically condemned to have terrible map-reading skills and never enough shoes? Are men hardened against emotional expression, as well as being shockingly bad at multitasking?



We live in a gendered world that often tells us girls like dolls and boys like trucks. As a society, we share a deeply ingrained set of beliefs about gender expression and how people should think, behave, and dress.


Gina Rippon, Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging and author of the book 'The Gendered Brain', shatters the pervasive myth that our brains are different depending on our sex.



"If you don't have to be a male to have a male brain, why are we calling it a male brain? In the world of gender stereotypes, language matters." Gina Rippon
 

A final message:

Understanding our brains as deep-learning systems means we can see how a biased world will produce a biased brain. We love this quote from Gloria Steinem "Though we have the courage to raise our daughters more like our sons, we've rarely had the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.”


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