The trouble with sex differences

Neuron. 2011 Dec 22;72(6):895-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.12.001.


Sex differences in the brain are real and clinically important but often grossly distorted in popular discourse. Considering the public's deep fascination with sex difference research and its impact on issues from mental health to education and workplace equity, neuroscientists should pay greater heed to its misappropriation and to studying how gender enculturation shapes neural function.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain* / anatomy & histology
  • Brain* / physiology
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Characteristics*