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Preview — Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot
Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps--and What We Can Do About It
A precise scientific exploration of the differences between boys and girls that breaks down damaging gender stereotypes and offers practical guidance for parents and educators.
In the past decade, we've come to accept certain ideas about the differences between males and females—that boys can't focus in a classroom, for instance, and that girls are obsessed with relation...more
But in 2003, after something like thirty years of longitudinal study, it was determined that high levels of estrog ...more
Of the books I picked up, this was easily, easily my favourite. I wish I cou ...more
*The author knows her science and presents facts in a very levelheaded way. Sources are fastidiously documented in a nearly 100 page appendix.
*The author discusses both boys and girls, the sexist views our society holds and how those views effects their development
*The author offers suggestions for helping children nurture talents that may not be their preferred way of behaving
*The author rarely shows any engagement with the subject and the brief mo ...more
Lise Eliot's book focuses primarily on the slight differences between male and female brains in prenatal fetuses and in infants, and how those differences may grow over time through cultural influences. She distinguishes between the effects of hormones, developmental differences, and cultural expectations and impacts. What is particularly notable is that she never makes a statement without listing an associated study. In fact, she takes apart ...more
Regardless, she made interesting points that can be used by educators and parents. Of course, you probably should read the book as you prepare to have children ...more
The major concept that th ...more
What Eliot does is walk us thru the research, data and the facts about the differences. I say painstakingly because this 315 page tome has almost 40 pages of endnotes and 45 pages of bibliography and zero ...more
Eliot is a neuroscientist, a graduate from Harvard and Columbia, an associate professor of neuroscience, and mother of two sons and a daughter. The basic premise of the book is that although yes, males and females have biologically based differences, many of ou ...more
Given the heavy media coverage about studies that “prove” significant, inborn differences between males and females, it is no surprise that we excuse or accept certain behaviors depending on whether they come from a boy or a girl. We are often led to believe that it is natural for a boy to be athletic and for a girl to demonstrate more empathy because it is part of their biology and something that cannot be helped one way or ...more
What r ...more
Of course, it's easy to like a book when you agree with the conclusion. I loved t ...more
It was boring. I'll be honest. I'm not big on the science of brains, and all my biology knowledge is gone, so I basically just skimmed it.
It speaks a lot of truth though, particularly about how perceived gender differences are mainly because of society--we don't LET little girls play with trains and cars, we don't LET little boys play with dolls. So therefore, little girls g ...more
The author takes on the nature/nuture polemic in this book. Her stance is that we magnify small biological differences (nature) and turn them into troublesome gaps by the way we raise girls and boys (nuture).
Sample quotes from the introduction:
"...the male-female differences that have the most impact - cog ...more