Researchers at Tel-Aviv University analyzed over 1,400 brains, primarily looking at three features that seem to correlate with gender: patterns of brain connectivity, grey matter (what most of us call “the brain”), and white matter—the cells that help areas of grey matter communicate. Their research showed that it is extremely rare for a single brain to show distinctly “female” or “male” features. Instead, the brains they looked at showed a mixture of both features, occurring on a spectrum from more female to more male.

These results contradict several previous studies and the rampant sexist interpretations that accompanied these reports in the media.

See a host of preposterous “gendered brain” news clips at Slate



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