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Thinking Critically about Research on Sex and Gender

3rd Edition

By Paula J Caplan, Jeremy Caplan

Psychology Press

168 pages

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The authors first demonstrate that most of the claims about sex and gender are not well supported by research, and then provide readers with constructive critical tools they can apply to this wealth of research to come to realistic, constructive conclusions. All of this is provided in a concise, inexpensive volume by a best-selling trade author and instructor team.

Table of Contents


A Brief Historical Perspective on Sex-Difference Research

Using Scientific Method to Study Sex and Gender

Are Boys Better Than Girls at Math?

Sex Differences in Spatial Abilities

Do Females Have Better Verbal Abilities Than Males?

Modern Research about Sex Differences in the Brain

Do Hormones Make the Woman–or the Man?


The Myth of Women’s Masochism

Should Relational Abilities Be Called “Dependency”?

Sex Differences in Aggression


Breaking the Cycle of Bias: Becoming an Informed Judge of Research

About the Authors

Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist and Lecturer at Harvard University. She graduated from Radcliffe College of Harvard University and has won teaching awards from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations as a Professor at the University of Toronto and from Harvard. She is the author of ten books -- including They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal, Don't Blame Mother: Mending the Mother-Daughter Relationship, The Myth of Women's Masochism, Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World—and dozens of papers. She was a winner of a Distinguished Career Award and a Christine Ladd-Franklin Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, a Toronto YWCA Women of Distinction Award, an American Psychological Association Eminent Woman Psychologist Award, and a Canadian Association for Women in Science Woman of the Year Award.

Jeremy Caplan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. He received his doctorate at Brandeis University in Neuroscience. His research focuses on the behavioral and brain basis of human memory from a variety of approaches including methods of experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and mathematical modeling. In 2008, Dr. Caplan received the prestigious Alberta Ingenuity Fund New Faculty Award to study the effects of interference on memory.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality
PSYCHOLOGY / Assessment, Testing & Measurement
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies