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The Essential Difference - the truth about the male and female brain

Are there fundamental differences in the psychology of men and women? Is autism an extreme version of the male brain?

Simon Baron-Cohen is Co-director of the Autism Research Centre and a Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in Cambridge. He believes that the female brain is predominantly hardwired for empathy, making females more sensitive to body language and more likely to comfort their friends.

Males, on the other hand, have a brain that is predisposed to building and understanding systems, making them more interested in machines, maths and maps.

This fascinating talk will discuss research into the differences between the sexes, whilst also putting forward a controversial argument: that autism and Asperger’s syndrome are extreme versions of the characteristics of male brain; with difficulties empathising whilst having a sometimes astonishingly good understanding of complex systems.


Dr Simon Baron-Cohen | talks


Date and Time:

24 May 2004 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



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