Thursday, January 21, 2010

Are Brains of Boys Different From Girls

According to a recent book Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot (a psychology professor), the differences in brains of boys and girls are slight. However, there undoubtedly is noticeable difference between boys and girls later on. Boys later on tend to be better in areas like math while girls tend to be better at other areas. This is probably due to the fact that we tend to repeatedly do things we are better at. This results in continual improvement in that area. Therefore, a bigger performance gap between the sexes in that particular area manifests.

A. Scott Henderson, an Education professor who reviewed Eliot’s book for Science, generally agrees with Eliot.


Henderson, A. S. Unsexing the Brain. Science. 327:414 (January 21, 2010)

Eliot, Lise. Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps, and What We Can Do About It. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, 2009)

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