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That story on sex differences in the brain, line by line

From the archives, and still relevant…

The Science Bit

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So, let’s take it from the top:

Men’s and women’s brains really are different.

No they’re not. This study did not look at anybody’s brains, nor did it compare the brains of one sex to those of the other. The study recorded responses to quizzes.

Researchers say that if both sexes had access to the same levels of education, they’d expect women to do best on tests of memory – and men to excel at maths.

What the researchers actually say is: “We hypothesize that women benefit disproportionately from societal improvements [i.e. ‘access to the same levels of education’] because they may start from a more disadvantaged level.” In other words, the thrust of the finding is that equality of education helps to undo historically artificial sex differences.

The prediction comes after an analysis of how the sexes’ abilities varied across Europe across time.

Actually, the study compared cohorts…

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