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Gender Mosaic: Beyond the Myth of the Male and Female Brain

A provocative look at what cutting-edge neuroscience tells us about gender, sex, and the brain.

For generations, we’ve been taught that women and men differ in profound and important ways. Women are more sensitive and emotional, whereas men are more aggressive and sexual, because this or that region in the brains of women is smaller or larger than in men, or because they have more or less of this or that hormone. This story seems to provide us with a neat biological explanation for much of what we encounter in day-to-day life. But is it true?

According to neuroscientist Daphna Joel, the answer is no. And in Gender Mosaic, she sets forth a bold and compelling argument that debunks the popular notion of female and male brains. Drawing on the latest scientific evidence, including the results of her own groundbreaking studies, Dr. Joel explains that every human brain is a unique mixture – or mosaic – of “male” and “female” features, and that these mosaics don’t map neatly into two categories.

With practical implications for the way we understand ourselves and the world around us, Gender Mosaic is a fascinating look at the science of gender, sex and the brain, and how freeing ourselves from the gender binary can help us all reach our full human potential.

Praise for the Gender Mosaic

  • This is a fantastic book. It is one of the best books about sex, gender, biology, and the brain—and the social implications of these issues— that I have ever read

    Prof. Rebecca Bigler, Goodreads
  • Gender Mosaic takes you on a fascinating scientific journey that will transform what you think about sex, gender, and the brain

    Prof. Cordelia Fine
  • The Gender Mosaic, destroys the warped science that claimed to have located the gender binary inside our skulls
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