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What’s the difference?

Arianne Shahvisi: Sex in the Brain, 8 September 2022

The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain 
by Gina Rippon.
Vintage, 424 pp., £9.99, September 2020, 978 1 78470 681 4
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The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women 
by Sharon Moalem.
Penguin, 274 pp., £9.99, March 2021, 978 0 241 39689 6
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... belief persists that there are innate brain differences between the sexes. As the neuroscientist Gina Rippon writes in The Gendered Brain, dealing with the myths of ‘neurosexism’ is like playing ‘whack-a-mole’: each time you smack one down, more spring up elsewhere. Why are these myths so tenacious? For a start, findings are often based on small ...

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