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The Essential Difference By Simon Baron-Cohen

The Essential Difference
by Simon Baron-Cohen

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The science behind Mars and Venus, including the surprising link between the extreme male brain and autism
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The Essential Difference: Male And Female Brains And The Truth About Autism by Simon Baron-Cohen

We all know the opposite sex can be a baffling, even infuriating, species. Why do most men use the phone to exchange information rather than have a chat? Why do women love talking about relationships and feelings with their girlfriends while men seem drawn to computer games, new gadgets, or the latest sports scores? Does it really all just come down to our upbringing? In The Essential Difference , leading psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen confirms what most of us had suspected all along: that male and female brains are different. This ground-breaking and controversial study reveals the scientific evidence (present even in one-day-old babies) that proves that female-type brains are better at empathizing and communicating, while male brains are stronger at understanding and building systems-not just computers and machinery, but abstract systems such as politics and music. Most revolutionary of all, The Essential Difference also puts forward the compelling new theory that autism (and its close relative, Asperger's Syndrome) is actually an example of the extreme male brain. His theory can explain why those who live with this condition are brilliant at analyzing the most complex systems yet cannot relate to the emotional lives of those with whom they live. Understanding our essential difference, Baron-Cohen concludes, may help us not only make sense of our partners' foibles, but also solve one of the most mysterious scientific riddles of our time.

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About Simon Baron-Cohen


Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Cambridge University and co-director of its Autism Research Centre. He has carried out research into both autism and sex differences over a twenty-year career. He is the author of Autism: The Facts and Mindblindness.

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GOR004282334
The Essential Difference: Male And Female Brains And The Truth About Autism by Simon Baron-Cohen
Simon Baron-Cohen
Used - Very Good
Paperback
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
2004-07-28
288
046500556X
9780465005567
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