How being a mother makes you smarter – and hormone swings don’t make you moody! A new book debunks the myths about the female mind


Despite 40-odd years as the owner and operator of a female body and brain — more than half of those spent working as a neuroscientist (having completed my masters and PhD at Oxford, I am now director of The Neuroscience Academy) — I realised I’d given close to zero consideration to how my female brain influenced my everyday life.

When asked, people are quick to rattle off a list of attributes they believe are due to innate biological differences in the brains of men and women.

We love the idea that women have ‘female brains’, men possess ‘male brains’ and that, in turn, our brains govern ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ behaviours, aptitudes, preferences and personalities.

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