The Real Science Behind Sex Differences. Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010
‘Fun, droll yet deeply serious.’ New Scientist ‘A brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences … Read her, enjoy and learn.’ Hilary Rose, THES ‘A witty and meticulously researched exposé of the sloppy studies that pass for scientific evidence in so many of today’s bestselling books on sex differences.’ Carol Tavris, TLS Gender inequalities are increasingly defended by citing hard-wired differences between the male and female brain. That’s why, we’re told, there are so few women in science, so few men in the laundry room – different brains are just suited to different things. With sparkling wit and humour, Cordelia Fine attacks this ‘neurosexism’, revealing the mind’s remarkable plasticity, the substantial influence of culture on identity, and the malleability of what we consider to be ‘hardwired’ difference. This modern classic shows the surprising extent to which boys and girls, men and women are made – not born.
'We are all in [Fine's] debt. She has the expertise to check the research references cited by academic as well as popular books on the subject, and she has the clarity and wit to impart her findings to the lay reader. She exposes shockingly lightweight research that is taken seriously and nuanced research that is misreported.' Guardian
Cordelia Fine hat Experimentelle Psychologie an der Oxford University und Kriminologie an der Cambridge University studiert. Ihren Doktor in Psychologie (Kognitive Neurowissenschaften) machte sie am University College London. Zwischen 2002 und 2011 forschte und lehrte sie an der Monash University, der Australian National University und der Macquarie University in Australien. Zur Zeit ist sie ARC Future Fellow in Psychological Sciences und Assistenzprofessorin an der Melbourne Business School der University of Melbourne.