Neurotrash, Neurosexism, Neuronews – their role in understanding gender differences

What are the differences between female and male brains? Are there any at all?
Do we contribute to “neurotrash” by asking the wrong questions in the wrong way?

gina rippon

 

PROFESSOR GINA RIPPON, COGNITIVE NEUROIMAGING PSYCHOLOGY SCHOOL OF LIFE & HEALTH SCIENCES, ASTON UNIVERSITY, BIRMINGHAM.

 

 

There is a long history of debate about biological sex differences and their part in determining gender roles, with the “biology is destiny” argument being used to legitimise imbalances in these roles. This tradition is continuing, with new brain imaging techniques being hailed as sources of evidence of the “essential” differences between men and women.

But there is good research – neuronews – where brain imaging can make positive contributions to the saga by informing the real story. Are there really any differences in male and female brains, how fixed are these differences, can we “better” or “change” our brains?
This talk aims to offer ways of rooting out the neurotrash, stamping out the neurosexism and making way for neuronews.

WHEN: Wed 25th Feb 2015, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Fogg Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus

Register here

Join us for an open discussion and wine & nibbles!

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