Causes, Correlates, and Caveats:
Understanding the Development of
Sex Differences in Cognition
Diane F. Halpern
It's really the remnant of anti-American crazy thinking to do this kind of
This is harmful and damaging to our daughters' lives and our mothers' lives,
and I'm very angry about it.
These are the respective comments of Gloria Steinem, editor of Ms. Magazine, and Gloria Allred, prominent feminist attorney, during their televised interview with John Stossel on the ABC news special Boys and Girls are Different (ABC News, 1991). Their hostile and litigious remarks show the intensity of their feelings about the socially sensitive topic of cognitive comparisons between males and females.
There are controversies in virtually every field of research. But unlike most other areas in psychology and the other sciences, where the controversies usually concern the research methods and the way results are interpreted, when the