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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.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  612.82 J767b 2010    ---  Available
Description xiv, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-378) and index.
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."
Subject Brain -- Sex differences.
Sex (Biology)
Sex (Psychology)
Brain -- Physiology.
Gender identity.
Sexuality -- physiology.
Sexuality -- psychology.
Sex Characteristics.
Brain -- physiology.
Gender Identity.
Brain -- Physiology. (OCoLC)fst00837651
Brain -- Sex differences. (OCoLC)fst00837668
Gender identity. (OCoLC)fst00939593
Sex. (OCoLC)fst01114160
Sex (Biology) (OCoLC)fst01114219
Sex (Psychology) (OCoLC)fst01114228
Added Title Brainstorm : the flaws in the science of sex differences
ISBN 9780674057302 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 99940011896

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