The neuroscience of human potential
How gendered stereotypes impact the brain
Women in STEM
Professor Gina Rippon is an internationally recognised researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience based at the Aston Brain Centre at Aston University in Birmingham.
She is the author of The Gendered Brain: the new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain (February 2019).
In the book, she unpacks the stereotypes that bombard us from our earliest moments, and shows how these messages mould our ideas of ourselves and even shape our brains. Taking us back through centuries of sexism, she reveals how science has been misinterpreted or misused to ask the wrong questions. Instead of challenging the status quo, we are still working back from outdated stereotypes and assumptions. However, by exploring new, cutting-edge neuroscience, Gina urges us to move beyond a binary view of our brains and instead to see these complex organs as highly individualised, profoundly adaptable, and full of unbounded potential.
A highly experienced public speaker and a regular contributor to events such as the British Science Festival and New Scientist Live, Gina was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for her contributions to the public communication of science. She is also an advocate for initiatives to help overcome the under-representation of women in STEM subjects and belongs to WISE and ScienceGrrl.