Research now finds sex-linked differences in the neural connections. So what? The media's rush to pop-psychologize the findings fuels retro gender stereotypes that only raise the obstacles to workplace advancement.
By Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers
Originally posted Friday, December 13, 2013
The news media are at it again; suggesting that a new study proves the old gender stereotypes about women being good at intuition and social skills and men being better at understanding systems and action.
A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania used high-tech imaging on the brains of 428 males and 521 females aged 8 to 22 and found neural pathway differences between men and women. (The study was published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.)
As the Guardian explained it, "Women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's to perception and coordination."
The entire article is here.