There is no one person that has all the male characteristics and another person that has all the female characteristics. I think my favorite myth that she tackled was the idea that people only use 10% of their brains. Overall, I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the science of brain. After considering how neuroplasticity works in a toddler's brain, explore how exercise and musical training are two ways to influence the growth of new neurons and the formation of new synapses known as neurogenesis. Her compassionate, balanced approach to the scientific explanation for miracles and her firm warnings against using today's neuroscience to conveniently explain all human behavior made the overall topic of the human mind and consciousness very enjoyable. Although again the pattern of the reduced volume seen in the transgender brain is not identical to female controls. The email will direct them to TheGreatCourses.
The lecturer creates crisp narratives to impart great learnings without allowing things to get complicated almost ever. Taste perception is much more complex than simply where food hits your taste buds. I liked this book a lot. We are each a mosaic of talents and preferences. This is Great Courses offering, so it's in the form of two dozen lectures, each under an hour. I would have rated this full 5 if not for overabundance of medical info.
The team analyzed multiple datasets which evaluated behaviours that are considered to be highly gender stereotypical, such as scrapbooking, taking a bath, or playing video games, and researchers found that individuals were just as variable for these measures, with only 0. The details of the experiment are explained in the publication but the main point being that if male and female brains were structurally dimorphic we would see a clear colour separation between male and female. Is mental illness just a chemical imbalance? We now remember where to find certain information instead of memorizing it. Brain studies using Trans-identified males aka transwomen : For trans-identified males, the vast majority of structural aspects where we see a sex difference the transgender brain shows no difference from their natal sex controls. In reality male and female brains do not look very different from each other.
Most of the myths covered were things I already knew to be false, so that part wasn't super interesting. Females of all ages outperform males on tests requiring the recognition of emotion or relationships among other people. The course was excellent, especially for someone like myself who does not have a scientific or medical background. The recipient already owns the course I gifted. I am proud of the fact that I can remember things from my childhood as young as age three, and I don't appreciate being told that they're not accurate. I was very happy to hear that the question is still open! Simply put, experiences change our brains. A neuroscientist might not find much new in these lectures, but they certainly are instructive for the layperson.
But the answers are sometimes so abstruse that by the end of the lecture I'm not really confident that the myth has been exploded. Her attempts at humor also fell flat with me and were odd at times. Professor Gimbel's Logic course will teach you that making a bad argument for a proposition doesn't make that proposition false. When you look across species, the correlation is even smaller. The myths addressed are good ones, for example, Does brain size matter? However, that does not invalidate earlier studies that found, on average and taken as a whole, male and female brains are different. That gift will be added to their My Digital Library when they log in and click to redeem it.
Our brains are like plastic—they adapt. How should we be thinking about gender differences in the brain? Some of these chapters are on YouTube, so you can get a feel for what the whole book is like by watching some of these 30 minute segments online for free. The speaker had a very natural, conversational way of relating information that makes it fun, while she still challenges a lot of our beliefs and puts things into perspective. Eating a healthy diet is important for brain health because the brain is so metabolically expensive. Throw in cultural expectations for how each gender should dress and behave alongside targeted advertising and marketing, and the problem becomes more complicated still. Do you perceive the world as it really is? I can't imagine a better intro to how the brain works than through the premise of debunking common ev Part of the Great Courses series.
Instead, she replaces them with scientific facts gathered from experiments, research, and case studies. On average male brains are 10% bigger than female brains; but unsurprising perhaps since male bodies are on average 10% bigger than female bodies. She did mention the idea of brain size in relation to size of the animal. But in reality, no human brain performs very well when multi-tasking — we end up doing each task less well than we would if we tackled it individually. Yes, some of the debunked myths are too simplistic and some appear like artificially-propped strawmen to make stories, but almost every section offers valuable insights. What really took this book to the next level was the level headed, straightforward, practical approach Dr.
Her style is immediately appealing, very clear, and laced with subtle humour - often against herself! If they are already a customer, they will be able to add the gift to their My Digital Library and mobile apps. Satisfied that she's destroyed the argument for evolution, she doesn't explore any further reasons why somebody would believe the evolutionary argument. Only learning he had a smaller than average brain size. Also, the evidence from animal studies suggesting a sex difference in amygdala volume is stronger than it is for the hippocampus. In fact, much of what the public thinks about the brain is based on popular myths that have perpetuated despite the passage of time and the proliferation of brain research. Viskontas is a lively lecturer, who tells stories, and weaves in personal background where it's enlightening, and altogether kept me completely engaged.