Dr Gina Rippon Speaks To Pupils About The Gendered Brain
On Thursday 30 June, Princethorpe College welcomed Dr Gina Rippon, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre.
Dr Rippon spoke to the whole school who had assembled in the Sports Hall during REAL time. Her talk was inspiring and revelational, informing pupils and staff that after 200 years of scientific research there is no evidence that the male brain is superior to the female brain, instead that we now know that there is no difference between the male and female brain when we are born. It is the environment and stereotyping, both conscious and subconscious, that contribute to how the brain develops from birth, and makes us believe that a male or female brain is superior at certain tasks.
Dr Rippon discussed gender gaps and highlighted how far the human race is away from equality and left us with the main message that our brains are all the same and that you can do anything regardless of your gender, race or background.
It was a thought-provoking session that challenged how we all think about each other.