Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Video - Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine - Refuting Neurosexism

I am a huge fan of Cordelia Fine's recent book, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. Her work sets the record straight on supposed sex differences in the human brain. This video lecture is both funny and informative.

Looking at the brain to try and find out why men and women behave differently is something that has been going on for centuries. Today, the practice is still going strong, even though the tape measures of the Victorian brain scientists have been replaced by sophisticated neuroimaging techniques. But is there real evidence for the popular notions that female brains are better at understanding people and male brains better at understanding the world, or is this just what we want to hear?

Cordelia Fine is a psychologist and writer who studied experimental psychology and criminology at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. She is the author of A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives. The session chaired by Edwina Throsby.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas, October 2010
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