Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities: 3rd Edition

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In the third edition of her popular text, Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities, Diane Halpern tackles fundamental questions about the meaning of sex differences in cognition and why people are so afraid of the differences. She provides a comprehensive context for understanding the theories and research on this controversial topic. The author employs the psychobiosocial model of cognition to negotiate a cease fire on the nature-nurture wars and offers a more holistic and integrative conceptualization of the forces that make people unique.

This new edition reflects the explosion of theories and research in the area over the past several years. New techniques for peering into the human brain have changed the nature of the questions being asked and the kinds of answers that can be expected. There have been surprising new findings on the influence of sex hormones on cognitive abilities across the life span, as well as an increasing number of studies examining how attention paid to category variables such as one's sex, race, or age affects unconscious and automatic cognitive processes.

Written in a clear, engaging style, this new edition takes a refreshing look at the science and politics of cognitive sex differences. Although it is a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of scientific theory and research into how, why, when, and to what extent females and males differ in intellectual abilities, it conveys complex ideas and interrelationships among variables in an engrossing and understandable manner, bridging the gap between sensationalized 'pop' literature and highly technical scientific journals. Halpern's thought-provoking perspectives on this controversial topic will be of interest to students and professionals alike.

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*Includes new information about sex differences and similarities in the brain, the role of sex hormones on cognition (including exciting new work on hormone replacement therapy during menopause), new perspectives from evolutionary psychology, the way stereotypes and other group-based expectations unconsciously and automatically influence thought, the influence of pervasive sex-differentiated child rearing and other sex role effects, and understanding how research is conducted and interpreted.
*Takes a cognitive process approach that examines similarities and differences in visuospatial working memory, verbal working memory, long-term acquisition and retrieval, sensation and perception, and other stages in information processing.
*Provides a developmental analysis of sex differences and similarities in cognition extending from the early prenatal phase into very old age.
*Tackles both political and scientific issues and explains how they influence each other--readers are warned that science is not value-free.
*Uses cross-cultural data and warns readers about the limitations on conclusions that have not been assessed in multiple cultures.
*Includes many new figures and tables that summarize complex issues and provide section reviews.

It is a beautifully written book by a master teacher who really cares about presenting a clear and honest picture of contemporary psychology's most politicized topic.

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Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities, Third Edition is written at a remarkably uniform level, and displays painstaking care to avoid over-stepping students' pre-existing technical knowledge. Students who read this book will learn a great deal about research methods, data interpretation, brain function, hormones, etc., while also learning about sex differences in cognition....Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities, Third Edition has plenty of material to serve as the sole or primary textbook, and is well designed for such use. It would make an excellent choice for a capstone course: it is about the right level, it covers many different issues, concepts and theories and, perhaps more importantly, it encourages using biological, social and cognitive approaches to an engaging topic in an integrated fashion. Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities, Third Edition also deserves to be highly recommended for use outside the classroom as a comprehensive survey and synthesis of research and theory in this complex and highly controversial area.

Human Ethology Bulletin

Let it be known that this third edition of Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities is a striking example of triumph of scholarship and knowledge over ignorance and political agenda, and I recommend it highly.
Contemporary Psychology

Halpern's organization of the book is superb....Halpern delivers a book that functions as a primer on sex differences in cognition. The book not only provides a complete reporting of the facts, but also a thorough and easy-to-understand orientation to the subject matter....Halpern provides a masterful introduction to the complex and controversial subject matter of sex differences in cognitive abilities.

Cognitive Science Society Newsletter

The book not only reports the facts, but also provides a thorough and easy-to-understand orientation to the subject matter....Halpern provides amasterful introduction to the complex and controversial subject matter of sex differences in cognitive abilities....the book would work very well as the primary textbook in a graduate or advanced undergraduate course in departments of psychology, zoology, or education.
Applied Cognitive Psychology

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