Cordelia Fine

Cordelia Fine
Cordelia Fine
Born 1975 (age 35–36)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australian
Education Oxford University BA Hons Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University MPhil Criminology, University College London PhD Psychology (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)
Alma mater Oxford University, Cambridge University, University College London
Period 2006 - Present
Genres Psychology
Subjects Neuroscience
Notable work(s) A Mind of its Own, Delusions of Gender
Relative(s) Anne Fine, Kit Fine, Ione Fine

Cordelia Fine (born 1975) is an Australian academic psychologist and writer. She is the author of two books on neuroscience, several book chapters and numerous academic publications. She wrote the introduction to The Britannica Guide to the Brain, is active as a journalist and wrote the column "Modern Mind" for newspaper The Australian.

Born in Toronto, Fine spent her childhood in the United States and Edinburgh.[1][2] Fine has a B.A. with first-class honours in experimental psychology from Oxford University (1995), M.Phil in criminology from Cambridge University (1996), and Ph.D. in psychology from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London (2001).[3] Her first book, A Mind of Its Own, synthesizes a large amount of cognitive research to show that the brain often gives a distorted picture of reality.

Her second book, Delusions of Gender, argues against the neuropsychological theory that men's and women's brains are intrinsically different by critically analysing hundreds of studies on the subject. "With still such different contexts and circumstances for men and women, it's simply not possible to compare the choices they make and draw confident conclusions about the sexes' different inner natures." [4] Fine's behaviourist approach to gender differences has been criticised, especially as it does not account for what psychiatry calls gender identity disorders.[5]

Dr. Fine is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Agency, Values & Ethics at Macquarie University, Australia, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. [6]



Awards and nominations

Personal life

Cordelia Fine lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons. She is the daughter of noted children's author Anne Fine and New York University professor Kit Fine. Her sister is University of Washington professor Ione Fine.[9][10]


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