GENDER MOSAICBeyond the Mythof the Male and Female Brain
Prof. Daphna Joel received her Ph.D. in psychology
in Tel-Aviv University in 1998, and joined the faculty of TAU, after
receiving the Alon fellowship for young Israeli scientists. She is
currently a member of the School of Psychological Sciences and of the
Sagol School of Neuroscience. Prof. Joel studied the involvement of basal
ganglia-thalamocortical circuits in normal and abnormal behavior, using
mainly animal models of psychopathology. More recently she has expanded
her work to research questions related to brain, sex and gender.
Prof. Joel has published over 70 papers in refereed scientific journals
and is also the author of Gender Mosaic: Beyond the Myth of the Male
and Female Brain (Little, Brown, NY).
Prof. Joel studies questions related to brain, sex
and gender, applying various analytical methods to analyze diverse
datasets, from large collections of brain scans to information obtained
with self-report questionnaires. In a series of papers, she has
described and tested the ‘mosaic’ hypothesis – the claim that sex
differences in the brain do not add-up consistently in individuals; rather,
most brains are composed of both features more common in females and
features more common in males. Other studies focused on the
perception of gender identity and its relation to sexuality.
Ongoing studies attempt to characterize the relations between sex and
brain structure and function.
Q&A session in Quora about sex, brain and gender, 2019
Are there male brains and female brains? And why do we care?, In: Women in the World: Time for a New Paradigm for Peace Conference, 2019
Does biological sex exist? Daphna Joel, Stuart Ritchie, Barry BarnesThe Institute of Art and Ideas, 2019
Prof. Daphna Joel School of Psychological Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience Tel-Aviv University, Israel