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Gender Differences in Human Cognition : Counterpoints - John T. E. Richardson

Gender Differences in Human Cognition

Counterpoints

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Published: 1st October 1997
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For years, both psychologists and the general public have been fascinated with the notion that there are gender differences in cognitive abilities; even now, flashy cover stories exploiting this idea dominate major news magazines, while research focuses on differences in verbal, mathematical, spatial, and scientific abilities across gender. This new volume in the Counterpoints series not only summarizes and addresses the validity (or invalidity) of such research, but also questions its ideology and consequences. Why do we search so intently for these differences? And what are the social and cultural implications of this relentless emphasis? Do biological mechanisms, in fact, contribute to the male-female differences in cognition? These are just a few of the questions generated by this controversial topic as it is debated throughout the book.

"This evaluation of current research in gender studies as they relate to cognition should be of particular interest to psychologists, educators, and policy-makers."--Shirley R. Rausher, Readings "Within the first pages, the authors focus their scholarly energies on verbal, spatial, and mathematical abilities because, we are told, researchers typically have searched for individual differences within such test domains. All four authors provide highly readable 30-page chapters, each taking a variation on the same perspective, i.e., that whatever cognitive differences you thought had been demonstrated between males and females should not be considered biological . . . This reviewer found the book's contents highly stimulating and informative, providing both valid and pseudoarguments to reject the very existence of sex differences in verbal, spatial, mathematical, and scientific abilities. . . . future researchers ignore the message of this text at their peril."--Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society "Results of some research suggest that gender differences have been growing smaller over recent decades. Here, five contributions discuss whether women and men differ in terms of their intellectual abilities; and, if there are differences, what are the origins--biology, childhood influences, cultural stereotypes? If there are no differences, why do people continue to assert that differences do exist? The essays discuss relevant research using the techniques of meta-analysis, pitfalls in the conception and execution of research on the topic, and the negative consequences of a focus on differences."--Reference & Research Book News "This evaluation of current research in gender studies as they relate to cognition should be of particular interest to psychologists, educators, and policy-makers."--Shirley R. Rausher, Readings "Within the first pages, the authors focus their scholarly energies on verbal, spatial, and mathematical abilities because, we are told, researchers typically have searched for individual differences within such test domains. All four authors provide highly readable 30-page chapters, each taking a variation on the same perspective, i.e., that whatever cognitive differences you thought had been demonstrated between males and females should not be considered biological . . . This reviewer found the book's contents highly stimulating and informative, providing both valid and pseudoarguments to reject the very existence of sex differences in verbal, spatial, mathematical, and scientific abilities. . . . future researchers ignore the message of this text at their peril."--Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society "Results of some research suggest that gender differences have been growing smaller over recent decades. Here, five contributions discuss whether women and men differ in terms of their intellectual abilities; and, if there are differences, what are the origins--biology, childhood influences, cultural stereotypes? If there are no differences, why do people continue to assert that differences do exist? The essays discuss relevant research using the techniques of meta-analysis, pitfalls in the conception and execution of research on the topic, and the negative consequences of a focus on differences."--Reference & Research Book News

1: John T.E. Richardson: Introduction to the Study of Gender Differences in Cognition 2: Janet Shibley Hyde and Nita M. McKinley: Gender Differences in Cognition: Results from Meta-Analyses 3: Paula J. Caplan and Jeremy B. Caplan: Do Sex-Related Cognitive Differences Exist, and Why do People Seek Them Out? 4: Mary Crawford and Roger Chaffin: The Meanings of Differences: Cognition in Social and Cultural Context 5: John T.E. Richardson: Conclusions from the Study of Gender Differences in Cognition

ISBN: 9780195112917
ISBN-10: 0195112911
Series: Counterpoints
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.57  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.32