Last year, in a fit of enthusiasm, I decided to teach a MSc seminar course around Cordelia Fine's Delusions of Gender: The Real Science of Sex Differences. In this talk, I will outline common misunderstandings which occur when people debate the topic of sex differences in cognition, and I'll make some suggestions for how the quality of discussion can be improved.

The topic of sex differences in cognition can be used to help understand how psychological research is made and consumed in general: Everybody has intuitions and direct experience of the topic, and celebrated research findings often rely on people's prior beliefs as much as they finesse them.

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Tom Stafford, Debating Sex Differences in Cognition, 2017/18. Theme credit: Matt Webb