29. September 2021 @ 15:00 – 16:00
Sarah Czerney

Lecture series “Gender and Neuroscience”

Women talk a lot, men don’t. Women don’t have good spatial reasoning, men do. Women are emotional, men are rational. There are two clearly distinguishable genders and clear differences between them that can be proven scientifically, e.g. with the help of neuroscientific studies of the brain – right? Whether this gender binary and differences between the sexes, often perceived as natural, are really so unambiguous, what research on biological gender differences can and cannot say, and what other perspectives there are on gender within the natural sciences – these and similar questions will be addressed in the lecture series. All researchers, students and interested parties are welcome!

Dr. Mercedes Küffner (University of Freiburg):

„Sex & Gender as biological Variables (SABV) – selected foundations“


3 p.m.



Does the historic sex bias in neuroscience and biomedical research still exist? How can we integrate Sex and Gender to improve Human Health? The sexually dimorphic brain, similar to most sex differences, does not fall into a hard binary readout—but rather is on a continuum or spectrum with each cell and each brain region comprised of varying degrees of ‘male’ and ‘female’ (Hines, 2005; Joel and McCarthy, 2016). Sex and gender are therefore important variables to consider when designing studies and assessing results within biomedical research.

Registration via mail.

Follow up:

01.12.2021 2 p.m. (online)

Dr. Hannah Fitsch (HU Berlin/Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.: „What Leibniz has to do with binary (sex/gender) categories in neuroscience. Mathematical logic in the methods of computational neurosciences“