Sex and Cognition


In this fact-driven book, Doreen Kimura provides an intelligible overview of what is known about the neural and hormonal bases of sex differences in behavior, particularly differences in cognitive ability. Kimura argues that women and men differ not only in physical attributes and reproductive function, but also in how they solve common problems. She offers evidence that the effects of sex hormones on brain organization occur so early in life that, from the start, the environment is acting on differently wired brains in girls and boys. She presents various behavioral, neurological, and endocrinological studies that shed light on the processes giving rise to these sex differences in the brain.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Introduction
  3. 2. Our Evolutionary Legacy
  4. 3. How Males and Females Become Different
  5. 4. Motor Skills
  6. 5. Spatial Abilities
  7. 6. Mathematical Aptitude
  8. 7. Perception
  9. 8. Verbal Abilities
  10. 9. Hormonal Mechanisms
  11. 10. Brain Mechanisms Studied in Normal Brains
  12. 11. Brain Mechanisms Studied in Damaged Brains
  13. 12. Body Asymmetry and Cognitive Pattern
  14. 13. Concluding Remarks
  15. Appendix Dealing with Numbers
  16. Glossary
  17. Author Index
  18. Subject Index