A breakthrough work in neuroscience—and an incisive corrective to a long history of damaging pseudoscience—that finally debunks the myth that there is a hardwired distinction between male and female brains
 
We live in a gendered world, where we are ceaselessly bombarded by messages about sex and gender. On a daily basis, we face deeply ingrained beliefs that sex determines our skills and preferences, from toys and colors to career choice and salaries. But what does this constant gendering mean for our thoughts, decisions and behavior? And what does it mean for our brains?

Drawing on her work as a professor of cognitive neuroimaging, Gina Rippon unpacks the stereotypes that surround us from our earliest moments and shows how these messages mold our ideas of ourselved and even shape our brains. By exploring new, cutting-edge neuroscience, Rippon urges us to move beyond a binary view of the brain and to see instead this complex organ as highly individualized, profoundly adaptable and full of unbounded potential.

Rigorous, timely and liberating, Gender and Our Brains has huge implications for women and men, for parents and children, and for how we identify ourselves.
“An authoritative debunking of the notion of a gendered brain . . . Ultimately, her message is that a gendered world will produce a gendered brain. The result, unfortunately, is that boys and girls are shaped with different expectations and are often driven down career different paths. Well-crafted and thoroughly documented, this is a must-read for parents, teachers, and anyone of either sex who cares for children.”
—Kirkus, *starred review*

“Evidence of brain plasticity is key to Gina Rippon’s new book, Gender and Our Brains . . . The book is, at the core, concerned with the question of whether male and female brains are different. Where the book really shines—not surprisingly—is in the details about the science of the brain: what we know and what we do not. Rippon’s explanation of how we’ve studied the brain in the past, and how recent technological advances are giving us increasingly precise tools to do so, is endlessly interesting.”
—Emily Oster, The New York Times Book Review

“It’s a highly accessible book. It’s also an important one . . . It has the power . . . to do vastly more for gender equality than any number of feminist ‘manifestos.’”
—Rachel Cooke, Observer

“Excellent . . . This book will confront your own prejudices, biases, and beliefs.”
The Sunday Times (London)

“One of those books that should be essential reading before anyone is allowed to be a teacher, or buy a child a present, or comment on anything on Twitter, ever again . . . All systemizing brains out there owe it to themselves to read this calm and logical collection of evidence and science, and all empathizers will understand its importance.”
—Katy Guest, The Guardian

“The history of sex-difference research is rife with innumeracy [and] misinterpretation . . . Rippon, a leading voice against the bad neuroscience of sex difference, uncovers so many examples in this ambitious book that she uses a whack-a-mole metaphor to evoke the eternal cycle . . . a juicy history . . . [and] the book accomplishes its goal of debunking the concept of a gendered brain.” 
—Lise Eliot, Nature

“A treasure trove of information and good humor, Gender and Our Brains offers thought-provoking perspectives on the latest debates about sex, gender, and the brain.”
—Cordelia Fine, author of Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society

“A clever study into flawed research and gender-based misconceptions of the mind . . . Takes a scalpel to the research surrounding sex differences in the brain with precision and humour, exposing everything from flawed research and ‘bias in, bias out’ experiments to the damage inflicted by centuries of incorrect assumptions and interpretations. Rippon rightly includes the impact of misleading media reporting and the effects of living in a society that assumes all girls like pink and women can’t read maps.”
—Financial Times 


“A smart and witty addition to the literature on sex differences. Gina Rippon is one of the most outspoken scientists in this area, and she debunks a whole host of sexist stereotypes in her new book.”
—Angela Saini, author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story

“A brilliant and thorough debunking of the popular myths around sex differences in brains and behavior.”
—Dr. Emily Grossman, broadcaster

“A fresh and much-needed perspective on the gender debate.”
—Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, founder of Stemettes 
 
“Rippon takes aim at the flimsy science behind the idea of essential differences in men’s and women’s brains.”
—The Boston Globe