Er der forskel på kvinders og mænds hjerner?

Delusions Of Gender – The Real Science Behind Sex Differences (2010) af Cordelia Fine

Det er et spørgsmål, der har naget både kvinder og mænd i generationer: hvorfor kan kvinder ikke læse landkort? Hvorfor kan mænd ikke multitaske? Og hvorfor kan piger lide barbiedukker og drenge foretrækker kanoner?
Men de antagelser, om at mænd er analytiske og konkurrencedygtige af natur og at kvinder er medfølende og omsorgsfulde, er ifølge en ny bog baseret på dårlig videnskab – og i værste fald “uhyre fiktioner”.

Den engelske avis The Guardian omtaler en interessant bog: Delusions of Gender af Cordelia Fine, der gennemgår forskningen omkring forskelle i mænd og kvinders hjerner. Desværre ser det ud til, at de fleste undersøgelser er mangelfulde.

Andre omtaler:

Fine is fun, droll yet deeply serious. Setting a cracking pace, ‘Delusions’ tackles the power of implicit association (those unconscious associations we make about men and women) and of negative stereotyping, plus the empathising/systematising theory proposed by psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, and the messy world of brain scans and genetic research. Her conclusion: we are in thrall to “neurosexism”.

New Scientist, 1. september 2010.

The author, Cordelia Fine, who has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from University College London, is an acerbic critic, mincing no words when it comes to those she disagrees with. But her sharp tongue is tempered with humor and linguistic playfulness, as the title itself suggests…. It’s too late to tell that to Dr. Sax, a proponent of single-sex education, who cited the Connellan study as evidence that “girls are born prewired to be interested in faces while boys are prewired to be more interested in moving objects.” But it’s not too late to read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is.

New York Times, 24. august 2010.

Læs omtaler:
Gender gap a scientific myth, says psychology expert. The Guardian, 12/8-2010.
“Delusions of Gender”: The bad science of brain sexism. The Salon.com 6/8-2010.

Titel: Delusions Of Gender – The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
Forfatter: Cordelia Fine
Forlag/År: W.W.Norton & Company, Inc. 2010.

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