Testosterone: The Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us


Thursday, September 16, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:15pm



carole hooven and daniel gilbert.

Free Virtual Public Conversation

Carole Hooven, Lecturer and Codirector of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

In conversation with
Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

While most people agree that sex differences in human behavior exist, they disagree about the reasons. But the science is clear: testosterone is a potent force in human society, driving the bodies and behavior of the sexes apart. As Carole Hooven shows in her book T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us (Henry Holt & Company, 2021), it does so in concert with genes and culture to produce a vast variety of male and female behavior. And, crucially, the fact that many sex differences are grounded in biology provides no support for restrictive gender norms or patriarchal values. In conversation with Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, Hooven will discuss why an understanding of testosterone can lead to a better understanding of ourselves and one another—and can help build a fairer, safer society.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series
Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural Historythe Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

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About the Speakers

Carole Hooven, PhD, is lecturer and codirector of undergraduate studies in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. She earned her PhD at Harvard, studying sex differences and testosterone and has taught there since then. Hooven has received numerous teaching awards and her popular Hormones and Behavior class was named one of Harvard Crimson’s “top ten tried and true.” To learn more, visit: http://www.carolehooven.com

Daniel Gilbert is Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of Stumbling on Happiness, a New York Times bestseller and winner of a Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. To learn more, visit www.danielgilbert.com