Keeping Girls Interested in STEM

new study from the University of Zurich finds that women and men process prosocial and selfish behaviour differently. Whereas selfish behaviour activates the reward centre in men’s brains more strongly, women receive a bigger dopamine boost from prosocial behaviour. Previous studies have revealed similar differences between male and female brain activity.

If our cultural image of a scientist is a solitary man or woman in a lab coat, spending hours peering through a microscope, or a lonely data analyst staring at a computer screen all day, it’s little wonder why girls tend to choose more prosocial fields like education, healthcare, and the arts.

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2018-01-09T11:11:23+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Gender Equality, STEM|