Science journalism and the lure of the trope

Returning to the popular representations, we can now see a striking disconnect with the actual data. The research provides strong evidence for behavioural similarities between the sexes. It provides no evidence that those modest behavioural sex differences are associated with brain connectivity differences. And, it offers no information about the developmental origins of either behavioural or brain differences. #

Overworked journalists too often have to rely on fitting the news into common tropes in order to make sense of it. In this case, the “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” narrative is too tempting to resist. At a superficial glance, the study seems to slide right into the frame, so in it goes. #

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