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The Gender Gap Myth

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Remarkably, a sensible discussion of gender differences in the media:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/10/gender-gap-myth-cordelia-fine

Fine’s book, discussed in the article, sounds very good. Another good book making a ┬ásimilar case is Lise Eliot’s Pink Brain Blue Brain. Both of these books run counter to the standard presentation in pop psychology of essential, biologically grounded, gender differences in psychological characteristics.

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September 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Beyond nature versus nurture

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An accessible discussion of the search for a genetic basis of psychological functions – and its futility – from the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/sep/09/gene-intelligence-genetic-testing

It concentrates on the interaction between environmental factors and genes of small effect, but doesn’t look at the effects of human agency on development. It also doesn’t really consider why such explanations are so popular, and particularly overlooks the political usefulness, from a certain perspective, of genetic explanations. It’s well worth a read though, to get beyond the false nature/nurture dichotomy.

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September 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

“Gene for gullibility”

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September 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Sex addiction?

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Nice piece on why the notion of sex addiction is nonsense:

http://www.drpetra.co.uk/blog/on-tiger-woods-the-media-and-sex-addiction/

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September 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

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Psychology’s reputation

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September 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

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“Psychologist says…”

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“Psychologist says…”, a common media device, but seldom with any validity.

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/11/psychologist_says.html

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September 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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Medicalisation in the media

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On the problem of medicalisation, and how the media distorts its coverage:

http://www.badscience.net/2007/05/given-the-choice-id-have-the-miracle-pill-story/

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September 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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