Sex and Cognition

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MIT Press, 1999 - 217 Seiten

Doreen Kimura provides an intelligible overview of what is known about the neural and hormonal bases of sex differences in behavior, particularly differences in cognitive ability.

In this fact-driven book, Doreen Kimura provides an intelligible overview of what is known about the neural and hormonal bases of sex differences in behavior, particularly differences in cognitive ability. Kimura argues that women and men differ not only in physical attributes and reproductive function, but also in how they solve common problems. She offers evidence that the effects of sex hormones on brain organization occur so early in life that, from the start, the environment is acting on differently wired brains in girls and boys. She presents various behavioral, neurological, and endocrinological studies that shed light on the processes giving rise to these sex differences in the brain.

 

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Author Doreen Kimura was a psychology professor at Simon Fraser University. Sex and Cognition is a condensation of her life’s work on gender and mental differences. There’s probably a lot of political ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Introduction
1
Our Evolutionary Legacy
11
How Males and Females Become Different
17
Motor Skills
31
Spatial Abilities
43
Mathematical Aptitude
67
Perception
81
Verbal Abilities
91
Brain Mechanisms Studied in Normal Brains
127
Brain Mechanisms Studied in Damaged Brains
145
Body Asymmetry and Cognitive Pattern
163
Concluding Remarks
179
Dealing with Numbers
189
Glossary
201
Author Index
209
Subject Index
215

Hormonal Mechanisms
105

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