Delusions of Gender has ratings and reviews. Cordelia Fine, a psychologist, decided to write this book after discovering her son’s kindergarten. In Delusions of Gender the psychologist Cordelia Fine exposes the bad science, the ridiculous arguments and the persistent biases that blind. fascinating on the blurring of the line between pathological delusions and the Cordelia Fine is a Research Associate at the Centre for Agency, Values and.

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For the rest of us, men are gendre attracted to women and women are innately attracted to men. Women will respond to an ethical dilemma in more caring ways than men after an exercise forcing participants to think about gender, but both genders will respond in the same way after non-gender-related exercises.

It was better at giving concrete examples of how research can be misinterpreted examples below than it was at revealing anything much about gender. The male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems,” writes Professor Simon Baron-Cohenwhile the neuroscientist Louann Brizendine describes a “female brain” and a “male brain” forever divided by their gendwr destinies.

In recent years several individuals have boasted about experiments that use fMRI and PET scans to detect differences in the brain; Fine makes sure to reveal the flaws associated with those studies and why we should be skeptical of the conclusions they espouse.

It sounds suspiciously like the “delicate flower” argument of traditionalists.

Oct 02, Marshall rated it it was ok Shelves: Stereotype threat is the remarkable situation egnder you oof take a group of Asian women and prime half of them to think of themselves as women and the other half to think of themselves as Asian and given our stereotypes of both groups, they will perform either better or worse on a maths test depending on how they have been primed.

The jovial tone makes it a quick casual read, but the exhaustive references would be more suited to following up with one’s own investigation. I like the inclusion of this part in the book, because it encourages readers to consider how we actually apply scientific discoveries to our lives. What she exposes and describes in detail are poorly designed experiments, blind leaps of faith and convoluted circular reasoning. It’s insightful, carefully researched, well-written and often very funny.


Stanford neurobiologist Ben Barres stated in a review for the Public Library of Science Biology that Delusions of Gender “should be required reading for every neurobiology student, if not every human being. The deeper the rotten belief sits, the more satisfying the pop when it is wrenched out.

This is not what Delysions call a “popular science” book — it’s aimed at coreelia intellectual audience with some understanding of science and a willingness to deal with academic language. All of these are worth your time. This is a remarkably good book, and anyone who’s remotely interested in claims that there might be inherent differences in mental fie between men and women should read it.

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This brings me to the second point I want to emphasize. Fine draws together corde,ia that shows people who pride themselves on their lack of bias persist in making stereotypical associations just below the threshold of consciousness.

Poorly conducted studies with flawed methodologies, too-small studies, confusion of correlation with causation. They look at coarse measures of activation in parts of the brain whose functions are still largely unclear and mysteriously deduce general cognitive principles, relying on the fact that few people know deluwions to interpret a brain scan. Nov 27, Scribble Orca marked it as to-be-consideread Recommended to Scribble by: Sometimes she’s gendwr reaching.

Jun 27, Kaethe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Belonging to a group – such as a gender group – is a powerful motivator to stay within that group and adhere to its norms. Fine takes on pretty much the entire field of neuroscience, or rather, This is not what I’d call a “popular science” book — it’s aimed at an intellectual audience with some understanding of science and a willingness to deal with academic language.

Fine has tackled an immense and largely thankless tas Let me boil the book down for the busy reader: Sign in to use this feature. Should dovetail quite nicely with Sex at Dusk: Whether her adversaries can rally their forces and mount a successful counter-attack remains to be seen.


What I’d like to highlight are two features. Guardian News and Media. Print Hardcover and Paperback. She dedicates a large portion of the book to knocking down neurosexism. The one concept that sticks with me the most is that of stereotype threat. Most of these are ignored by Fine. As it turns out, Cordelia Fine has an accessible writing style and is able to take complex concepts and explain them in relatively simple terms, so I never found myself lost or confused.

Instead, Fine shows that there are almost no areas of performance that are not touched by cultural stereotypes. Many of the general ideas presented in this book were finne to me: These men and women, as parents, may perpetuate the myth that her hormones make her the better carer, but research shows that his hormones are equally affected when he holds the baby.

Show 25 25 50 All. Many parents, finding that their daughters love princess costumes and their sons toy trucks without need for parental encouragement, conclude that these differences must be hardwired.

It also has a very youthful, funky format, though not comic book. I especially recommend it to parents interested in gender-neutral parenting, women in male-dominated professions, and everyone interested in the fascinating ways our biases inform corfelia research both with regards to interpretation as well as planning experiments themselves.

This should be in the waiting room of every maternity ward and in the break room of every public school.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. May 03, Alissa Thorne rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 7 comments. Libby Lane is being consecrated today as Bishop of Stockport.

Oh, and if you don’t manage to read this book, please take it from me here and now, that anyone trying to persuade you of a gender difference on the basis of pictures from brain scans is to be scornfully ignored.

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