Psychoneuroindoctrinology: Uses and abuses of neuroscience in explaining female behaviour
Tuesday 26th May at 5.30pm
"There is perhaps no field aspiring to be scientific where flagrant personal bias, logic martyred in the cause of supporting a prejudice, unfounded assertions, and even sentimental rot and drivel, have run riot to such an extent as here” (Woolley, 1910).
Throughout history, biological explanations have been used as weapons to maintain social inequalities. This is especially true of attempts to define women’s role in society. Claims of raging hormones’ and ‘female brain defects’ established the belief that women’s secondary role was biologically determined and so could not and (more importantly) should not be changed. This talk by Professor Rippon will show how neuroscience research has contributed, either deliberately or accidentally, to this indoctrination and discuss if there is any progress from the past or hope for the future.
The lecture will take place in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre at 5.30pm with refreshments to follow.
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