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Biology, Society, and Behavior: The Development of Sex Differences in Cognition / Edition 1

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Applying current theory and research, this book links the development of sex differences in cognition to biological foundations, multiple social processes, and contextual factors. Areas covered include evolutionary biology, neuroscience, social roles, and cultural contextualism and the issues of the onset, causes, developmental trajectories, and patterns in children's and adolescents' thinking, problem-solving, academic performance, and social conditions that are related to behaviors in each of these areas.

An edited volume with chapters by leading scholars, this book is meant for use by graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of developmental cognitive and psychology, learning and socialization, biology, and education. Cognitive domains addressed include language and verbal abilities, mathematical and quantitative abilities, spatial abilities, and social cognition.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Causes, Correlates, and Caveats: Understanding the Development of Sex Differences in Cognition 3
2 Sexual Selection and Sex Differences in Social Cognition 23
3 Hormones, Brain, and Behavior: Putative Biological Contributions to Cognitive Sex Differences 55
4 Sex Differences in Motivation, Self-Concept, Career Aspiration, and Career Choice: Implications for Cognitive Development 93
5 Gender Differences in Language Development 127
6 Sex Differences in Mathematical Abilities and Achievement 155
7 Maximization of Spatial Competence: More Important than Finding the Cause of Sex Differences 183
8 Children's Gender Cognitions, the Social Environment, and Sex Differences in Cognitive Domains 207
9 Emergent Themes in the Development of Sex Differences in Cognition 243
Author Index 259
Subject Index 275
About the Contributors 281
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