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There is growing scientific interest in the role of testosterone in financial risk-taking – a topic of considerable public interest too, with suggestions that there is “too much testosterone on Wall Street”. Both research and debate is often grounded in an implicit model in which testosterone is presumed to be the proximal mechanism underlying the evolved masculine trait of risk-taking. This talk will identify a number of problems with the underlying assumptions of this model, and report the findings from a meta-analytic study on testosterone and financial risk-taking.


Photo credit: Dean Cambray

Photo credit: Dean Cambray

Dr Cordelia Fine is an academic psychologist and writer.

She has been described as “that rare academic who’s also an excellent writer” (Library Journal), a “cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humour and an intelligent sense of reality” (The Times), “a brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences” (Times HES), “a science writer to watch”(Metro) and a Myth Busting Hero (CARE).

Cordelia’s latest book, Delusions of Gender: How our minds, society, and neurosexism create difference was short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Best Book of Ideas Prize 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010 and the biannual international cross-genre Warwick Prize 2013. Cordelia is a regular contributor to the popular media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Monthly and New Statesman. She also wrote the introduction for the Britannica Guide to the Brain.

Cordelia studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, followed by an M.Phil in Criminology at Cambridge University. She was awarded a Ph.D in Psychology from University College London. Between 2002 to 2011 she held research positions at Monash University, the Australian National University, then Macquarie University.

She is currently an ARC Future Fellow in Psychological Sciences and Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne.

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