gender

1992: Teen Talk Barbie is released with the controversial voice fragment, “Math class is hard.” The toy’s release met with public backlash. But this underlying assumption persists, propagating the myth that women do not thrive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields due to biological deficiencies in math aptitude. Jessica Cantlon at Carnegie Mellon… Read more

There is no shortage of research on what helps create, support and maintain a healthy intimate relationship, and how the individuals involved perceive them. A new study, led by Ursula Athenstaedt from the University of Graz, takes a different crack at the subject. The study[1] investigates how people look back on their former relationships subsequent… Read more

Female scientists were 21% less likely to contribute invited commentaries to medical journals during a five-year period than males with similar scientific expertise, seniority, and publication metrics, indicates a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health[1]. They found that the disparity was larger for women who were further progressed… Read more

A single circuit in mice that activates during stress and is controlled by testosterone has been found by researchers at Michigan State University. The results[1], published in Biological Psychiatry, focus on the activity between neurons in the ventral hippocampus, which become active under stress and emotion, and their activation of nucleus accumbens neurons, critical players… Read more

The neurobiological pathophysiology of schizophrenia differs significantly between males and females, a new study indicates. The findings suggest a possible need for more sex-specific treatments for schizophrenia. The study was the first to identify a number of sex-specific genes related to schizophrenia using neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells. Co-ordinated by the University of… Read more