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Download Course Materials | Psychology of Gender | Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Welcome!<p>This is one of over 2,200 courses on OCW. Find materials for this course in the pages linked along the left.<p><b>MIT OpenCourseWare</b> is a free & …

Psychology

Stock photos show transgender people in a whole new light — as simply being human

The transgender models making stock photos more human<p>The transgender models making stock photos more human<p>A woman stands in her bra and knickers with …

LGBTQI

Estrogen and Progesterone: Beyond Reproduction

Once again I am extremely lucky (please check my article on 8 Habits of Highly Lucky People) to have this article co-written by a senior graduate …

Women's Health

9 Amazing Transgender Women Who Changed History

Think back to high school history class. Who were the most prominent people featured? We're willing to bet that they were mostly white and (assumed) …

Federal court rules transgender people covered by law banning workplace sex bias

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a federal law banning sex bias in the workplace applies to transgender workers.<p>The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of …

Federal court grants big win for transgender people to change birth certificates

Not recognizing the validity of trans identities is "archaic reasoning."<p>A federal judge has ruled that Idaho must provide birth certificate changes …

Lupita Similar Gold Dresses

What Really Happens When Someone Stares at You

Being stared at can make many people feel highly uncomfortable and look away. This response to another person's apparent visual display of dominance …

Psychology

Male Violence Is Everywhere

The Parkland shooting is yet another reminder of America’s dangerous model of masculinity—but that model could be changing.<p><i>Updated on February 28, 2018.</i> <i>This article has been updated to clarify descriptions of the scholar Judy Chu’s work.</i><p>In the aftermath of a school shooting, one question always …

Mental Health

Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worse - MIT Technology Review

The internet might seem like a level playing field, but it isn’t. Safiya Umoja Noble came face to face with that fact one day when she used Google’s …

Machine Learning

'One in a Million' Yellow Cardinal Spotted

Experts propose different theories for why bird's plumes have a mysteriously mustard hue.<p>Looking out at her quaint Alabama backyard in late January, Charlie Stephenson noticed something unusual. A strange species of unfamiliar yellow bird was pecking at her hanging birdfeeder.<p>As a seasoned …

Viral Hermann Grid Optical Illusion Will Drive You Crazy Trying to Beat it

All 12 dots are there, we promise.<p>The brain is a powerful organ. Because of it, we can empathize with others, fall in love, make memories, and do all …

Neurology

The 6 Best Drugstore Primers That Keep Your Makeup on All Damn Day

Tested and approved by yours truly.<p>Here's a fast fact: Wearing a primer is the most crucial step in applying makeup. Yes, it's an extra 20-second step, but it's truly the difference between your makeup still looking fresh and smooth by 6 p.m., and your makeup looking like a hot garbage fire by noon.<p>…

Makeup

A Top Portrait Pro Demonstrates How to Pose Models for Better Boudoir Photos at Home (VIDEO)

Anita Sadowska is a professional fashion photographer based in Dublin, and in this quick tutorial she teams up with an experienced model to …

The humble office-supply item that can explain humanity’s imminent doom

In 2018, the word “algorithm” has become an evil agent.<p>Facebook’s algorithm sells our fear and outrage for profit. YouTube’s algorithm favors conspiratorial and divisive content. We’ve anthropomorphized the word so much that Gen Z children might start checking for algorithms under their beds.<p>But …

Why even a moth’s brain is smarter than an AI

One of the curious features of the deep neural networks behind machine learning is that they are surprisingly different from the neural networks in …

Machine Learning

What Would A Less Gendered World Really Look Like?

Gender still matters. But how might our world change if we were all empowered to define it for ourselves?<p><b>I was in Barcelona</b> celebrating a friend’s birthday this past summer when I got kicked out of a gay bar.<p>I was following one of my guy friends into a small, well-lit room crowded with men when I …

‘I say I’m gay because gay is easier than transgender’

I came out as a gay man this month, to the gay community. I haven’t come out to most of my extended family yet. The truth is I’m using the term gay …

Out of character, Trump keeps his distance as shutdown ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the shutdown of the federal government lumbered toward an end, President Donald Trump remained out of sight, suppressing his instincts to become part of the story by making a deal or picking a fight.<p>Trump told allies over the weekend that he hated being on the sidelines, but he …

The Best Red Lipstick to Wear this Valentine’s Day

It’s the easiest way to leave your mark, after all.<p>Roses are red, violets are blue, we hope your lips aren’t the latter, but the former we do!<p>If there was ever a day to wear red lipstick, it’s Valentine’s Day. Which red lipstick, however, is almost as important a decision as, say, dinner. Below are …

Beauty

This Trans Author Supports Her Community in the Most Badass Way

Charlie Craggs educates allies, advises trans women, and funds free self-defense classes.<p>One moment Charlie Craggs is mugging for the camera, …

Your Brain Might Be Distorting Reality

Some researchers are finding that the things you do could change what your brain sees–but not everyone is convinced.<p>We usually believe that what we see is a true representation of what’s there. The basic model of vision is that the eyes receive sensory information, the brain processes it, and then …

Psychology

Transgender Rights Lead NPR's Top LGBTQ Stories of 2017

As gay, lesbian and transgender activists around the United States felt a renewed sense of urgency under a new administration, 2017 cast a definitive spotlight on transgender rights.<p>Earlier this year, President Trump proposed a ban of trans service members in the military, and his administration …

LGBTQI

The trans pioneer who helped uncover how the brain is wired has died

Faced with a decision of choosing between identity and career, Ben Barres stuck to his identity. Lucky for everyone, he was able to keep both.<p>Despite facing adversity, Barres, a pioneering neurobiologist and transgender man, went on to produce groundbreaking research that helped explain how the …

Trans Women Explain Their Favorite Parts of Transitioning

From the way they wear their hair to specific changes in their bodies, some changes can serve as a refuge from body and gender dysphoria.<p>Nearly all transgender people experience gender dysphoria (a disconnect between the gender one identifies with and their body's) in their lives, but for …

Transwomen

Top 10 books about the unconscious

From BF Skinner’s behaviourism to Milan Kundera’s existential comedy, these are some boldly counterintuitive guides to the part of ourselves we know least<p>To what extent are our conscious intentions and strategies in control of our choices and decisions, our feelings and actions? The 20th century …

Consciousness

Why Gender Stereotypes In Kids' Shows Are A REALLY Big Deal

This year has heralded the misogyny reckoning: Sexist behaviors and attitudes are coming to light all over the place, and the punishment of …

From Ancient Myths to Modern Day, Women and the Struggle for Power

According to Aristotle, women’s voices were proof of their wickedness. Virtue expressed itself in deep, full-throated sounds — the noise of the lion, the bull and (no surprise here) the human male. Women’s speech, however, its pitch and prattle, was considered dangerous, even unsanitary. The very …

Feminism

The Last Full Moon Of 2017 Is Going To Be A Supermoon

The last full moon of 2017 is going to appear a little bigger and brighter than most.<p>Dec. 3 will bring a supermoon, meaning a full moon that happens at perigee ― the time in the lunar cycle that the moon is closest to the earth. (A new moon at perigee is also sometimes called a supermoon, but those …

Supermoon

Call It the Cara Delevingne Effect: Blonde Hair and Dark Brows Are the Hottest Hollywood Trend

With actress Lily Collins the latest in Hollywood to take on the platinum plunge, the ever-growing trend of brunette bombshells trading in their dark brown locks for a an epic blonde makeover is officially Hollywood's favorite new beauty look. However, these A-listers aren't also ditching their …

Hairstyling