On Wednesday 12 March, gender development specialist Professor Melissa Hines will give a talk entitled ' ', in which she will ask why particular toys are preferred by different genders. Professor Hines will draw upon her extensive research into the factors influencing gender-related behaviour, from conception onwards, to illuminate the causes of gender preferences.
Professor Hines leads the Gender Development Group, whose current research focuses on the effects of prenatal exposure to testosterone, and the interventions that can modify these effects. She is also researching disorders of sex development (DSD), with particular emphasis on identifying the behavioural phenotype for individuals with DSD. Professor Hines is the author of the book, Brain Gender (Oxford University Press).