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Boys, Girls, Sports and the Myth of the Blank Slate-Dr. Robert Deaner (Grand Rapids)

January 11, 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us for a lecture on “Boys, Girls, Sports and the Myth of the Blank Slate” with Dr. Robert Deaner from GVSU.

Both conventional wisdom and U.S. federal policy hold that there are no appreciable sex differences in sports interest or that policy interventions are in the process of eliminating them. This “Blank Slate” position is challenged, however, by theory and data from several fields, including evolutionary biology, endocrinology, child development, and anthropology. Here, Dr. Deaner will discuss why this discrepancy is important resolve, review relevant evidence, and present new research that contributes to the resolution of this issue.

Meetings are open to the Public. A moderated discussion will follow the lecture.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Robert Deaner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, GVSU

Robert Deaner is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University, where he teaches courses on research methods, comparative psychology, and sex differences. Prior to coming to GVSU in 2006, he was at Duke University where his doctoral work addressed the evolution of intelligence and his postdoctoral work investigated mechanisms of social attention. Dr. Deaner’s overarching research goal is to contribute to a scientific understanding of human nature, especially by demonstrating the value of evolutionary theory. Most of his current projects are related to sports.