biocultural

Brain Gender

Essentialist Neuroscience

Despite the best efforts of a few awesome scholars, essentialism is alive and well in the neurosciences. An article posted on Salon on August 5 describes the results of a study in Behavioral Brain Research wherein the authors reviewed research done on sex/gender (they conflate the two) differences in a decision-making experiment known as the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT). The review notes how research ... »

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

Cross-posted at Queereka. A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael Shermer (which I will leave to Ophelia and PZ to deal with as they see fit), the bulk of my ... »