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Author Jordan-Young, Rebecca M., 1963-

Title Brain storm : the flaws in the science of sex differences / Rebecca M. Jordan-Young
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 394 pages) : illustrations
Contents Sexual brains and body politics -- Hormones and hardwiring -- Making sense of brain organization studies -- Thirteen ways of looking at brain organization -- Working backward from "distinct" groups -- Masculine and feminine sexuality -- Sexual orienteering -- Sex-typed interests -- Taking context seriously -- Trading essence for potential
Summary Female and male brains are different, thanks to hormones coursing through the brain before birth. That's taught as fact in psychological textbooks, academic journals, and bestselling books. And these hardwired differences explain everything from sexual orientation to gender identity, to why there aren't more women physicists or more stay-at-home dads. In this book, the author takes on the evidence that sex differences are hardwired into the brain. Analyzing virtually all published research that supports the claims of 'human brain organization theory, ' she reveals how often these studies fail the standards of science. Even if careful researchers point out the limits of their own studies, other researchers and journalists can easily ignore them because brain organization theory just sounds so right. But if a series of methodological weaknesses, questionable assumptions, inconsistent definitions, and enormous gaps between ambiguous findings and grand conclusions have accumulated through the years, then science is not scientific at all. This book argues that the analysis of gender differences deserves far more rigorous, biologically sophisticated science. "The evidence for hormonal sex differentiation of the human brain better resembles a hodge-podge pile than a solid structure. Once we have cleared the rubble, we can begin to build newer, more scientific stories about human development."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-378) and index
Notes Online resource, title from digital title page (viewed on January 25, 2020)
Subject Brain -- Sex differences
Sex differentiation.
Sex Differentiation
MEDICAL -- Neuroscience.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Neuropsychology.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Developmental Biology.
Sex differentiation
Brain -- Sex differences
Psykologi -- kropp -- biologi -- könsolikheter.
Sexualitet -- manlighet -- kvinnlighet.
Cerveau -- Différences entre sexes.
Sexualité (biologie)
Sexualité (psychologie)
Cerveau -- Physiologie.
Identité sexuelle.
Hjärna -- könsskillnader.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674058798