Blue Brain - Pink Brain
The Science Museum
Location: The Science Museum, South Kensington
Duration: 2 hours
Get to know your brain and the way it affects your behaviour in your sexual, romantic and familial relationships. Discover whether gender has to do with brain structure and function, are there tasks men can perform better than women or vice versa? Who has a larger brain? Feminism and pink brains, and most important of all – are men and women equal?
A scientific journey into sex differences, and tools to take back home with you to improve inter and intra personal interactions in everyday life – with the neuroscientist Rachel Lanford (MSc.Med, MBPsS).
Until around 21 years ago, scientists knew of several structural sexual dimorphisms of the brain, but they did not think that sex had any impact on how the human brain performs daily tasks. Through fMRI and PET scan studies, a great deal of information regarding the differences between male and female brains and how much they differ in regards to both structure and function has been uncovered.
But what’s next? Does science enforce or reduce stereotypes about sexuality and sex differences?