Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Gender Expectations Can Be Self-Fulfilling

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Gender Expectations Can Be Self-Fulfilling

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How gender expectations can be self-fulfilling

Here is a fascinating study. When some mothers were asked how steep a slope their 11 month olds could crawl down, the moms of boys got it right by about one degree. But the girls' mothers underestimated what their daughters could do by nine degrees.

You have to wonder if this will limit the physical activities those moms will encourage their daughters to do in the future.

How we perceive our kids-as talkative or remote, as daring or cautious-shapes how we treat them and the experiences we provide for them. And many parents have come to accept the conventional wisdom that boys can't focus at school and girls are obsessed with relationships because "that's just the way they're built."

For her important book Pink Brain, Blue Brain, Lise Eliot, PhD, a professor of neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School, has combined a review of the research with her own work in the field of neuroplasticity to shatter some of the myths about gender differences. …

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