Scores of neuroscientific studies have focused on gender differences in the male and female brain - from aggression centres to emotion processing to systematizing and verbal abilities. Neuroscientist Melissa Hines, Director of the Hormones and Behaviour Research Lab at the University of Cambridge, studies how differences in sex hormones in male and female fetuses set the stage for gendered psychological development. Here she introduces her current filmed work on gender and development and discusses gender difference with leading ASD researcher, Simon Baron-Cohen, who has suggested that autism is an extreme form of the "male brain," and described sex differences grounded in the capacity for empathy. Novelist and poet Michèle Roberts posits different ways of thinking gender. Lara Feigel of the King's Centre for Humanities and Health chairs.
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