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Sexing the Brain

Sexing the Brain
Author: Lesley Rogers
ISBN 13: 9780231120111
ISBN 10: 231120117
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2002-09-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
List Price: $30.00

How much of sexual diversity is the result of nature versus nurture? Prevailing theories today lean heavily toward nature. Now a leading researcher in neuroscience and animal behavior shows how, in recent history, scientific claims about sex and gender differences have reflected the culture of the time. Although the conviction that genetics can explain everything is now widespread, the author demonstrates the interaction of culture and environment in the formation of behavioral traits. Sexing the Brain addresses questions such as: Are there sex differences in how we think and feel? Is language processed in different parts of the brain in men and women? Do social influences have a stronger influence on sexual behavior than hormone levels? Rogers concludes that "our biology does not bind us to remain the same.... We have the ability to change, and the future of sex differences belongs to us."