The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain

The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain

'A treasure trove of information and good humour' CORDELIA FINE, author of Testosterone Rex

Do you have a female brain or a male brain?
Or is that the wrong question?

Reading maps or reading emotions? Barbie or Lego? We live in a gendered world where we are bombarded with messages about sex and gender. On a daily basis we face deeply ingrained beliefs that your sex determines your skills and preferences, from toys and colours to career choice and salaries. But what does this constant gendering mean for our thoughts, decisions and behaviour? And what does it mean for our brains?

Drawing on her work as a professor of cognitive neuroimaging, Gina Rippon unpacks the stereotypes that bombard us from our earliest moments and shows how these messages mould our ideas of ourselves and even shape our brains. Taking us back through centuries of sexism, The Gendered Brain reveals how science has been misinterpreted or misused to ask the wrong questions. Instead of challenging the status quo, we are still bound by outdated stereotypes and assumptions. However, by exploring new, cutting-edge neuroscience, Rippon urges us to move beyond a binary view of our brains and instead to see these complex organs as highly individualised, profoundly adaptable and full of unbounded potential.

Rigorous, timely and liberating, The Gendered Brain has huge repercussions for women and men, for parents and children, and for how we identify ourselves.

Title:The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain

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  • Alja

    "Brains reflect the lives they have lived, not just the sex of their owners." Scientists have long tried to prove that men and women are inherently different because we have biologically different bra...

  • Alison

    "It is clear that understanding the social brain could offer us a hugely effective lens to investigate how a gendered world can produce a gendered brain, how gender stereotypes are a very real brain-b...

  • Lona

    "Stereotypes could be straitjackening our flexible, plastic brains. So, yes, challenging them does matter." – Gina Rippon Gina Rippon is a neuroscientist and wants to debunk the myth of the „femal...

  • sillypunk

    Very interesting book:

  • Erwin

    **based on the audiobook** The level to which you're going to appreciate this book depends, I think, with the mindset you take to it. If you're already convinced that gender is a spectrum instead of a...

  • Monica

    This was really interesting! Rippon confirms what I already suspected: that society has become much more polarized when it comes to gender since I myself became a mother in the 1990's. This is very im...

  • Niall

    A must-read for anyone living in a gendered world aka 21st century Earth. It's a book every parent, guardian and teacher should read as we are doing more harm than good gendering children at such earl...

  • Frances

    Well that was Illuminating ...

  • Lee

    In terms of how well it's written, this one star is obviously far too harsh. However, this book does not represent the science of the field with accuracy. An article that argues such better than I cou...

  • Timo Carlier

    There is a good balance between scientific detail and readability. In dealing with 'whack-a-mole' myths about sex differences in the brain, Rippon doesn't apply anywhere near the same level of scrutin...