Discussion of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences by Rebecca Jordan-Young

November 6, 2019 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Abstract: This colloquium will provide an opportunity to discuss Chapter 6 of Brain Storm in advance of Dr. Jordan-Young’s visit November 13-15. Discussion will be led by Bridget Keown, PhD, recently hired to lead the Gender & Science research initiative of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. Brain Storm argues that the analysis of gender differences deserves far more rigorous, biologically sophisticated science: “the evidence for hormonal sex differentiation of the human brain better resembles a hodge-podge pile than a solid structure... Once we have cleared the rubble, we can begin to build newer, more scientific stories about human development.” In her book, Jordan-Young analyzed published research supporting the claims of “human brain organization theory” to show how these studies often fail to meet standards of scientific rigor and how even rigorous studies that acknowledge their limitations are often inaccurately reported by other media.

Chapter 6 is available here, or by contacting bioethics@pitt.edu. All are welcome to participate in the discussion.

Co-sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program

Location and Address

402E Cathedral of Learning