The Myth: Pink and Blue Brains

May 23, 2013
12:00 pm


Sex differences are a hot topic. Neuroscience has identified few reliable differences between men's and women's--or--boys' and girls' brains relevant to learning or education. Nonetheless, the belief that female brains are intrinsically less adept at spatial-mathematical-logical reasoning continues to hamper girls' and women's advancement at all stages of the educational and professional trajectory. Dr. Eliot will share current data on sex difference in the brain, and provide evidence bolstering the argument that females' advancement is hindered largely by societal factors that act from the earliest years of life. Instead of assuming hard-wired differences, attention to stereotypes and various influences on females' advancement can help educators design more effective interventions to stem the tide of women from STEM.



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Lise Eliot
Associate Professor Neuroscience, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University.

Lise Eliot, Ph.D., Associate Professor Neuroscience, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University.
Dr. Eliot directs the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience and oversees the neuroscience curriculum of M.D. students and research ethics training for Ph.D. students. A graduate of Harvard  and Columbia Universities,  Dr. Eliot conducted post-doctoral research in cellular neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine before turning her attention to public education about brain development, neural plasticity, and sex differences.

Dr. Eliot has published more than 50 works, ranging from peer-reviewed neurophysiology papers to popular science pieces, including two widely praised books:  What's Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life (Bantam, 2000) and Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps - And What We Can Do About It (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009).

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