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Is the human brain pink, blue or fifty shades of grey matter?
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Do the anatomical differences between men and women extend to the biology of the brain? Or does it all come down to environmental influence?

There are clear anatomical differences between babies born male and those born female, and until recently, it was commonly accepted that this applied just as much to the brain as to any other part of the body. But in the last few decades, researchers have begun to question this assumption. Is it true that a male brain is physiologically different to a female one? And if so, why?

Acclaimed neuroscientist Dr Gina Rippon joins us in The Garden to dig into what research tells us is down to nature and what we can chalk up to nurture when it comes to gendered behaviour and the structure of the brain.

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Anatomy & Identity

How we think about who we are and how that intersect with our bodies, brains and biology is the subject of discussion today. But has this always been the case? Are there blurred lines between anatomy & identity we should be exploring?

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Are there studies comparing people's brains across different cultures or socioeconomic backgrounds too see if external factors showed up in those situations?
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Adolescence is a time when there are lot of different hormones swirling around a male body compared with a female one. Do you see any gender differences between brains at this developmental stage?
4 votes

Thanks Gina! The talk was faboulous and your answer to my question about Einstein's brain being examined after his death was really fascinating. When will you do another one? Gianluca

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