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The male and female brain – a myth?

26th June 2018 (7pm)

Do our brains show male/female differences? This is a question that has been continually revisited in psychological and neuroscientific research. In the past, many (male) scientists used self-fulfilling hypotheses and anecdotes to establish a narrative of female ineptitude in the workplace and prominent roles. As society and science has moved forward, we are now aware that this research does not add up. Instead, the growing verdict is that whilst we are able to observe differences in certain areas of research, the findings cannot be used to establish or confirm old-fashioned societal views on the differences between males and females.

Instead, it is the domain in which one is classifying ‘male’ and ‘female’ which is essential to determining the relevance of making this classification. Neurogeneticists, for example, need to understand if there are characteristics in gene expressions that vary consistently between the sexes. When medicine is developed, we need to be adamant that we are aware of how introducing new chemicals into the body will differ in reactions between the sexes and how much of this is conditioned or gender related versus inherent to a particular sex.

Join us as we explore some of the myths surrounding the male and female brain, and examine why in some fields of research a differentiation is useful, but not in others. Click here to sign up