Gina Rippon has been at the forefront of the study of the brain and gender for many years. A self described feminist, she is an outspoken critic of the (mis)use of neuroscience research to (mis)represent our understanding of the brain.
Gina Rippon is an Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre in Aston University, and past president of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Her research involves state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to investigate developmental disorders such as autism. She also investigates the use of neuroscience techniques to explore social processes, particularly those associated with sex/gender issues. She is an outspoken critic of 'neurotrash', the populist (mis)use of neuroscience research to (mis)represent our understanding of the brain. Her book on this topic The Gendered Brain, has been described as "Highly accessible and revolutionary to a glorious degree" (Observer).
Rippon has spoken at many events worldwide, most recently at the Sydney Opera House and the EU Commission. She has given keynote addresses to business organisations and to government policy groups, including the UK's Cabinet Office and the Government's Gender Equality Unit. She also writes for popular science outlets such as New Scientist, Scientific American and The Conversation, as well as contributing to programmes such as BBC's Horizon, Woman's Hour and The Infinite Monkey Cage.
In 2015, she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for services to the communication of science.
The Gendered Brain