padSexing the Brain

by Lesley Rogers

Are men and women really so different? And if they are, why? Addressing these age-old questions, Rogers maintains that simplistic genetic and hormonal interpretations of sex differences aren't comprehensive. Cultural and environmental factors also have an undeniable influence on male and female behaviors. The author contends that male-female differences in brain functions such as language processing are caused as much by social experiences as they are by biological makeup. Furthermore, social attitudes asserting the inferiority of women, says Rogers, have biased research into brain differences between the sexes. Reports of genes purported to explain homosexuality and alcoholism are cited as examples of unsound biological reductionism.

Col U Pr, 2001, 136 p., hardcover

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