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Inside Her Pretty Little Head by Philippa Roberts, Jane Cunningham

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Masculine is hard-wired to systemise; feminine is hard-wired to empathise28

And so to our final theme, which is all about the differences between men and women when it comes to understanding and processing information.

This theme comes from a fascinating study conducted by the Cambridge scientist Simon Baron-Cohen (and published in a great book called The Essential Difference). Baron-Cohen has concluded that there is – as his title suggests – an essential difference in how the male and female brains work. He describes the difference in this way:

The female brain is predominantly hard wired for empathy. The male brain is predominantly hard wired for understanding and building systems.29

In other words, men understand the world by constructing ...

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