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Sex and brain structure: Is this really about gender?

| | December 4, 2013

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The news on December 3, 2013, read “Scientists discover the difference between male and female brains.”

Britain’s Independent actually made that their front page. They went on to discuss “the hardwired difference that could explain why men are ‘better at map reading’”.

Well. I don’t have time to get into criticizing the media or decrying gender stereotypes, so let’s just stick to the science.

I recently blogged about the fact that, relative to overall brain size, the corpus callosum, the major connection in the whole brain, is smaller in larger brains. This is an effect of brain size, not of sex, but it was misidentified as a sex issue for a long time… a cautionary tale?

Read the full, original story here: Men, Women, and Big PNAS Papers

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