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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2008

PSY 323S • Sex Differences in Cognition/Perception

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44174 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 108

Course Description

The primary intent of this course is to study what is known about the sex differences that exist in various cognitive and perceptual characteristics, skills, and abilities. The emphasis will be on biologically or physiologically based sex differences rather than on those sex (gender) differences in lifestyle, employment, fashion, etc., that are under the strong influence of the society in which a person lives. Of greatest interest will be sex differences that exist or emerge early in life. The course will be primarily lectures and discussions led by the instructor. Depending upon the size of the enrollment, there may be some presentations by groups of students or by individual students later in the semester.

Grading Policy

There will be three mid-term exams plus a comprehensive, but optional, final exam. The final grade will be based upon the sum of the scores on the best three of the four exams, plus the scores on whatever additional assignments are given over the course of the semester.


Halpern, D.F., Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities Dozens of research articles plus background material from other texts.


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