Are Women's Brains Fundamentally Different From Men's?
Short answer: of course! More sophisticated answer: it is unclear to what extent observed differences are due to biological vs. societal/experiential factors. Recently a neuroscientist, friend, colleague, and collaborator of mine, Josef Parvizi, did an interview with Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research about male vs. female brains: I was prepared for some serious eye rolling and frustrated groaning in response to the inevitable logical errors, overreaching conclusions, and other neuro-nonsense. I'm not going to lie: this is what I expected before I saw it was Josef who did the interview: Instead I got a well thought out, sane, clear-headed, and scientifically sound interview. Seriously, this is a great interview and Josef just nails it. The whole piece is short, but concise, and a great reference to counter some of the more common neuro-gender crap. They tackle three myths, the answers to which I've quoted below. Gender Brain Myth #1: Brain size matters ...if absolute brain size were all that mattered, whales and elephants, both of which have much larger brains than humans, would outwit men and women. Gender Brain Myth #2: Women and men have different brains due to est Continue reading >>