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Gina Rippon: The Gendered Brain

For Gina Rippon, gender stereotypes are neither innate nor inevitable. A Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging, here she demolishes the myth of the ‘female brain’ and how the subtle messages that children receive – Lego or dolls; sport or chatting – can change the way their brains form. To measure those changes, and then use the results to reinforce gendered play, is not scientific, nor fair.

‘A gendered world will produce a gendered brain,’ Rippon argues – which is important ‘not just for women and girls, but for men and boys, parents and teachers, businesses and universities, and for society as a whole’.

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