Is gender innate?

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Primatologist Frans de Waal examines the significance of biology and culture on gendered behavior, and neuroscientist Lise Eliot debunks the theory that the male and female brains are different. Photo courtesy of Frans de Waal.

Jonathan Bastian talks with primatologist Frans de Waal, author of “Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist,” about his studies on the male and female behavior patterns of chimpanzees and bonobos. Later, neuroscientist Lise Eliot, author of “Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps,” on the differences and similarities in the male and female brain — are men and women hardwired differently, or is the brain a unisex organ? 

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Andrea Brody