Hjernevask (“brainwashing”) is a Norwegian documentary produced by Harald Eia & Ole Martin Ihle famously challenging the ‘Blank Slate’ model of the social sciences. According to the producers, it was inspired by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s now classic, The Blank Slate: Modern Denial of Human Nature.
The ‘Gender Equality Paradox,’ ‘The Parental Effect’ and ‘Sex’ episodes are particularly interesting. The full playlist to this excellent documentary can be found here: Hjernevask (with English Subtitles).
[Thanks to Zelcorpion for the link!]
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Here are some of the studies by the scholars featured in these episodes:
- Plomin R, et al. (2013) Common DNA markers can account for more than half of the genetic influence on cognitive abilities. Psychological Science, 24(4):562–568.
- Trzaskowski M, et al. (2013) Intelligence indexes generalist genes for cognitive abilities. Intelligence, 41(5):560–565.
- Lombardo MV, et al. (2012) Fetal programming effects of testosterone on the reward system and behavioral approach tendencies in humans. Biological Psychiatry, 72(10):839–847.
- Lombardo MV, et al. (2012) Fetal testosterone influences sexually dimorphic gray matter in the human brain. The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(2):674–680.
- Plomin R & Daniels D. (2011) Why are children in the same family so different from one another? International Journal of Epidemiology, 40(3):563–582.
- Auyeung B, et al. (2009) Fetal testosterone predicts sexually differentiated childhood behavior in girls and in boys. Psychological Science, 20(2):144–148.
- Lippa RA. (2010) Sex differences in personality traits and gender-related occupational preferences across 53 nations: Testing evolutionary and social-environmental theories. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39(3):619–636.
- Arden R & Plomin R. (2006) Sex differences in variance of intelligence across childhood. Personality and Individual Differences, 41(1):39–48.
- Butcher LM, et al. (2006) Generalist genes and cognitive neuroscience. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 16(2):145–151.
- Plomin R & Spinath FM. (2004) Intelligence: genetics, genes, and genomics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86(1):112–129.