Are Male And Female Brains "Wired Differently"? It's Really Not That Simple

    Spoiler: The study everyone's talking about is not all it's cracked up to be.

    Today lots of media outlets are reporting on a study that claims to have found that male and female brains are "wired differently".

    But it might not be that simple.

    1. Men's and women's brains are different. But we don't know how these differences relate to behaviour.

    @ParisLees I wrote a book chapter about sex differences in the brain - it applies to this new paper, too

    In it, he says:

    Subtle observable differences exist between male and female brains, but how exactly these relate to differences in behaviour is unknown. Such gender variations in the brain are often exaggerated and misappropriated, not only by the mass media but also by scientists, to reinforce stereotypes and perpetuate myths.

    2. Let’s talk about "hardwiring".

    3. The participants in this study are WEIRD.

    4. The study only compares between sexes.

    5. The stereotypes this study claims to support might not even be true.