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Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps - And What We Can Do about It

Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps - And What We Can Do about It

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by Lise Eliot

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ONEWorld Publications
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5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps--and What We Can Do about It 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
wizardhlee More than 1 year ago
Go for sex not gender, says Lise Eliot. Okay, now I got you to read this review which is great because I truly believe this book is great and a real service to parents and all people. Why use 'sex' and not 'gender' when talking about males versus females? Because, as Eliot puts it, gender is a social construct that mixes together ones sex, a biological term or construct, with social factors. Sometimes, I've avoided the 's' word because of its other meaning but Eliot sets me straight here and in many many other areas of heated debate about sex differences especially in infants. Her coverage is just deep enough to explain to a lay audience how the biochemistry and physiology of pre-natal, peri-natal and post-natal infants contribute to how infants are either similar or different between the sexes. She repeatedly refers to the "d value" or difference value between subjects and how that compares to differences within the same sex. So many times the difference between sexes is much less than within or another way of saying it, there is much overlap and more males may be above [or below the average] of females than one may be led to believe if one just read the sound bites that try to make research more interesting by deliberately polarizing the findings. Buy this book for expecting parents. Buy this book for parents of adolescents. Eliot covers human development extremely well. In the end, she points out where the science indicates there are innate differences and how it is important for parents to raise their children in a way that narrows these few small gaps such as physical activity, spatial and verbal skills empathy and aggressiveness instead of playing into real or perceived differences. I have read several books on this topic starting with Dr. John Money whom she points out was a seriously flawed researcher and doctor. Eliot is by far the most balanced, scientific, thorough and reasonably practical. I like the fact that she is not afraid to take on others by name who she thinks have conducted inadequate research, misinterpreted their data or authors with a preconceived bias that have misquoted researchers. These people damage how society handles the sexes. Bring it on, Lise! You go, girl! Can I say that as a big compliment?!