Professor Gina Rippon is an international expert on brain-imaging techniques and Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham UK. She has a PhD in Psychophysiology from the University of London and served as President of the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience. Gina was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association.
With a background in psychology and physiology, Gina uses state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to investigate the links between individual differences in brain activity and behaviour. Her research covers both typical and atypical behaviour, most recently in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Gina also investigates the use of neuroscience techniques to explore the brain-changing social processes such as gender stereotyping and stereotype threat.
Gina’s work in this area debunks the myth that there is some kind of intrinsic ‘essential’ difference between male and female brains and she is an outspoken critic of the “neurotrash” industry, particularly when used to prop up outdated stereotypes.