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Sex, Science and the Brain; Where have all the Young Girls Gone?

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The under representation of women in science is a problem with a long history, entangled with debates about biological sex differences and their part in determining gender gaps in many arenas. A powerful undercurrent is that biological factors are the prime determinants of who will (and won’t) succeed in science. This ranges from the declarations of 18th /19th century brain scientists that women ‘can’t do’ science to the ‘won’t do’ science interpretations of the 21st Century Gender Equality Paradox, where the under-representation of women in science appears to be greater in countries with the smallest gaps in gender equity. This talk will examine the evidence that both brain and behaviour can be affected by robustly gendered and stereotyped attitudes about science and scientists, leading to self-fulfilling prophecies of under-performance and dis-engagement. A gendered world will produce a gendered brain – and science may well be the loser.

This talk is part of the Physics and Astronomy Colloquia series.

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