- Season 51
- 19 episodes
Episode 7: Horizon: Is Your Brain Male or Female?
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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|Presenter||Professor Alice Roberts|
|Series editor||Steve Crabtree|