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Men really are better than women at reading maps – but only because of the toys they had as children, an expert on the brain claims.
Playing with Lego or video games helps boys learn to think differently from girls, who tend to play with dolls. Professor Gina Rippon says it is a myth that men’s and women’s brains are inherently very different.
Contrasts - Experiences
She suggests any contrasts are due to the ‘different experiences’ of growing up, not gender.
Although there are biological differences between men’s and women’s brains, variances could also be put down to ‘gendered expectations and gendered experiences’, she said.
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Professor Rippon told the Hay Festival: ‘The issue of map-reading, which is kind of a manifestation of a spatial skill, is actually supposedly...
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