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Brave UCL Lunch Hour Lecturer asks: Do women and men have equal intelligence?

14 January 2008


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This term's UCL Lunch Hour Lecture series kicks off this week with a controversial subject. Professor Adrian Furnham, UCL Psychology, will be looking at the evidence for differences in intelligence between men and women.

Academics have been sacked in the past for suggesting that such differences exist between the sexes, but Professor Furnham will explain how evidence from 25 studies around the world has shown that females tend to estimate their own IQ to be lower than males of equal intelligence. This gap, of around five points, is also the amount by which men tend to outscore women in IQ tests. Are the two related? And what are the implications of this controversial area of research?

The lecture takes place on Tuesday 15 January at 1.15 in the Darwin Lecture Theatre (Gower Street campus). 

UCL Lunch Hour Lectures

UCL Lunch Hour Lectures are increasingly popular with audiences in central London. Last term an average of 179 people attended each lecture, compared with 141 for 2006-07, and growing numbers of the lectures are completely full.

Admission to the lectures is free. Entry is on a first-come first-served basis, with no tickets or bookings, so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

For the full list of this term's lectures, visit the UCL Lunch Hour Lectures website via the link above, or look out for posters and leaflets around campus or in local shops and cafes.