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  • Season 51
  • 19 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Science
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Episode 7: Horizon: Is Your Brain Male or Female?

Summary

Research suggests the connections in men's and women's brains follow different patterns, which might explain typical forms of gender-specific behaviour. Dr Michael Mosley and Professor Alice Roberts investigate whether these are innate or are shaped by the outside world, using a team of human guinea pigs and a troop of Barbary apes to test the science and challenge old stereotypes. They ask whether this new scientific research will benefit both sexes or drive them even further apart.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Horizon tiptoes into a gender minefield, and a fascinating minefield it is, too. At one stage we see an amazing experiment where monkeys at a safari park are left a selection of toys to play with - dolls and plastic trucks. And look! The young male monkeys prefer the trucks, while the females go for the dolls!

It seems like a slam-dunk for the idea that male and female brains are wired differently - after all, monkeys don't have cultural stereotypes, do they?

It turns out to be a little more complicated. But Alice Roberts and Michael Mosley have fun exploring what, if any, the gender differences are. And more vexingly, whether they are innate or, as Roberts argues, shaped by experience. It's nature v nurture. Men v women. But this is Horizon, so it's a scrupulously fair fight.

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PresenterMichael Mosley
PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts

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DirectorMark Bates
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