Newcastle High School for Girls invited top School Psychologist, Dr JoAnn Deak, to give an insight into the workings of the female brain.
JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has spent more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children to develop into confident and competent adults. She is the author of Girls will be Girls and How Girls Thrive.
On 1st December, Dr Deak delivered a series of talks to girls and parents on Males and Females: Significant differences from the neck up. She explained how the female brain works as well as how a child’s brain can be stretched.
She said: “Although our bodies are more alike than different from the neck, those parts that are different by gender make all of the difference! The same is true from the neck up: we are more alike than different anatomically. However, once the brain is asked to work, brain imaging shows that female and male brains are wired quite differently. These differences lead to a variation in the way females and males approach almost everything: from learning to loving, from communicating to consoling.”
The girls were fascinated by the content of Dr Deak’s talk.
16 year old Emily from NHSG said: “It could hardly be called a talk as we all felt that we had been gifted a life lesson. We learnt about the complex working of the mind by using the analogy of elastic bands. Strangely, this made complete sense and everyone easily understood. JoAnn told us that the key to success in any area, is beginning at a young age. No matter how hard it is, we must persevere and in the future the skills will eventually become second nature.”
12 year old Maysiah added: “Dr Deak taught us a lot about our brains in an interesting way! Who knew that some parts of your brain are like elastic bands?”