A welcome blow to the myth of distinct male and female brains

One of the biggest barriers to equality is crumbling, thanks to a study that blows away the misconception that male and female brains are distinct. Based on detailed and careful analysis of core features seen in scans of more than 1400 female and male human brains, Israeli researcher Daphna Joel and colleagues demonstrated that most are unique mixes or “mosaics” of features previously thought to be either “male” or “female”. A brain that is not a mix was found to be extremely rare. The result is a major challenge to the entrenched misconceptions typified by the “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” hokum. My hope is it will be a game-changer for the 21st century. Advertisement Crucially, it means the power of neuroimaging to explore and explain the…


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