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 Instead of challenging the status quo, we are still bound by outdated stereotypes and assumptions.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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  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    This book is giving me life. It's bashing the patriarchy and associated troubling gendered stereotypes with science, fact, research AND I AM HERE FOR IT LIKE YAAAAAAAASSSSS!!!!! This review that appea...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • sillypunk

    Very interesting book:

  • Ben

    This is a tough one to rate for me because, whilst whole heartedly agreeing with it's message and outlook, I didn't realise that's what it was getting at for the majority of the book. It got off to a ...

  • Katherine

    Gina Rippon provides a cool-headed analysis of the neurosexism, junk science, media distortions and wobbly statistics that bedevil the endless search for the differences between the sexes. What do men...

  • 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...

  • cp

    A fascinating account of current developments in neuroscience. Quite persuasive and a corrective to much neurononsense.However, I couldn’t help feeling that the author was doing precisely what she w...