Lecture: A Parent’s Guide to Boys and Girls: How Hormones Shape the Brain and Influence Behavior

by NYC Firm Schools on April 26, 2010

We highly recommend this event, which is part of the Parents & Science initiative launched in 2007 by The Rockefeller University:

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall
The Rockefeller University
York Avenue at East 66th Street

From the event website:

“In 1992, an influential report by the American Association of University Women proposed that the U.S. educational system was short-changing girls in favor of boys. A few years later, new data showed that boys were falling behind girls in terms of grades, standardized test scores, high school dropout rates, and college admissions.

These conflicting reports suggest that, rather than focusing on a “gender gap” in education, we should be paying closer attention to the biological, psychological, and developmental differences between boys and girls. A growing body of research shows that hormones exert lasting, sex-specific effects on the structure and function of the brain during embryonic development. As a result, on average, boys and girls may be born with distinct predispositions in temperament that are molded by early interactions with parents and other children.

One of the strongest and most sensible voices in the modern study of childhood is psychologist Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of the 1999 bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. On April 27, 2010, Parents & Science will present Dr. Thompson and Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D., a leading neuroscientist, in a special program designed to help parents understand sex-related differences in childhood behavior, while recognizing and supporting the individual talents that can help girls and boys attain their full intellectual and emotional potential.

Dr. McCarthy is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Maryland, where she studies the influence of hormones on the developing brain. One key focus of her laboratory is the relationship between gender and mental health disorders. The incidence of autism, attention deficit disorder, and early-onset schizophrenia is much greater in young men, while women are more likely to develop major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and eating disorders. Dr. McCarthy has conducted research at the National Institutes of Health and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Dr. Donald Pfaff. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in her field of interest.

Dr. Thompson is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts, and has worked in more than 500 schools across the United States. He has co-authored seven books, including The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life (2004), which was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school. He wrote, narrated, and hosted the television documentary Raising Cain, which debuted on PBS in 2006.

This Parents & Science evening lecture will be hosted by Rockefeller University President and 2001 Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse.

If you wish to attend this program please email elayfield@rockefeller.edu or call (212) 327-7434.”

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