Is the human brain pink, blue or fifty shades of grey matter?

Prof. Gina Rippon

Do the anatomical differences between men and women extend to the biology of the brain? Or does it all come down to environmental influence?

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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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50 minutes

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30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Prof. Gina Rippon

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.

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