Gender Differences and Cognitive Abilities

Earlier this year, the president of Harvard was harshly criticized for suggesting that biology might explain why women lag behind men in fields such as science and math. What does science have to say about the differences in the male and female brain when it comes to cognitive abilities and academic achievement? This is a remote broadcast from the American Psychological Association's Science Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Guests:

Nora Newcombe, professor of psychology; James H. Glackin distinguished faculty fellow; Temple University Diane Halpern, past-president (2004), the American Psychological Association. Professor and chair of psychology; director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children at Claremont McKenna College

Lynn Liben, distinguished professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University

Janet Shibley Hyde, Helen Thompson Woolley professor of psychology and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin

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