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Thursday, 27 October 2005, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The left, right and centre of male and female brain politics

Professor Keith Kendrick

The two sides of our brain are not functionally equivalent and although this has often been considered to be a human evolutionary trait associated with the development of language, it is clear that this asymmetrical nature of brain function can be traced back even to the most primitive species. Why has the brain evolved this way? Although the interconnections between the two sides of the brain give us a unified perception and awareness of the world it can be shown that in reality we have two rather independent interpretations going on simultaneously. There are also a number of notable differences between the ways male and female brains function in this respect and which can go at least some way towards explaining why we often have problems understanding each other!

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Professor Keith Kendrick is Systems and Behavioural Neuroscientist and was Gresham Professor of Physic between 2002 and 2006.
He has been a member of the Home Office's animal procedures committee and has worked at the University of Cambridge undertaking research with regards to how neural networks are organised to control recognition and responses to social and emotional cues. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a member of the British Neuroscience Association.

All of Professor Kendrick’s previous lectures may be accessed here.

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27 October 2005

The left, right and centre of male and female brain politics
Professor Keith Kendrick

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