Re: Gender and Cognitive Style

Joe E. Dees (
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 00:24:59 -0600

Subject:        	Re: Gender and Cognitive Style
Date sent:      	Sat, 21 Nov 1998 16:57:45 +1100
From:           	Timothy Bates <>
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> Hi all
> Mikey said
> >I would say that since women have a dominant right brain, while men are
> >dominant left,
> Patrick wrote
> >How do you come at this? I wasn't aware there was any good evidence
> >differences in lateralization between men and women that contributed to
> >cognitive style. [Any references?]
> Dozens. Apart from very well documented differences in language area size
> (a researcher at UNSW is doing some of this with post mortem cell counts:
> the differences are substantial) and other tasks such as spatial judgment
> (see for a review), recently Goldberg been developing an approach that
> focuses on preferred style rather than ability using a cognitive
> preference task that I find interesting. I append the abstract below.
> One reason that there is less on this than one might expect is that
> interest in this topic tends to generate the response that Damien was
> driven to emit, i.e.:
> >What? *What????* WHAAAAH
> Not conducive to getting grants or publishing work.
> Anyhow, there is tons. From a neuropsych perspective, go to
> <>
> and enter this search or similar
> ((spatial[All Fields] AND (sex[All Fields] OR gender[All Fields])) AND
> difference[All Fields])
> For fun add the term "laterality" to pick up neuroscience references.
> Here is Goldberg's paper:
> Podell K, Lovell M, Zimmerman M, Goldberg E (1995) The Cognitive Bias
> Task and lateralized frontal lobe functions in males. J Neuropsychiatry
> Clin Neurosci 1995 Fall;7(4):491-501
> The Cognitive Bias Task (CBT) is a multiple-choice response selection
> paradigm characterized by inherent ambiguity. All items offer a range
> from extremely context-dependent to extremely context-invariant
> responses. Lateralized prefrontal lesions produce extreme, and opposite,
> response biases on CBT in right-handed males. Healthy control subjects
> perform in the middle range. Findings suggest a dynamic balance between
> two synergistic decision-making systems in the frontal lobes:
> context-dependent in the left hemisphere and context-invariant in the
> right. The robust lateralized effects, which are dependent on task
> ambiguity, are sensitive and specific to frontal dysfunction. CBT is
> discussed in comparison with the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test as a
> potential cognitive activation task for functional neuroimaging of the
> frontal lobes.
And that's not all. Not only is it verboten to acknowledge, if I may take Anders at his word, it also severely restricts the level at which uploading may be (gender neutrally) engineered. Joe
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