Cordelia Fine

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Cordelia Fine
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Born Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
Nationality British
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
Subject Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience
Notable works Testosterone Rex, A Mind of its Own, Delusions of Gender

Cordelia Fine is a Canadian-born British philosopher, psychologist and writer.[1] She is a Full Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at The University of Melbourne, Australia.[2] Fine has written three popular science books on the topics of social cognition, neuroscience, and the popular myths of sex differences. Her latest book Testosterone Rex won the Royal Society Science Book Prize, 2017.[3] She has authored several academic book chapters and numerous academic publications.[4] Fine is also noted for coining the term 'neurosexism'.[5]

As a science communicator, Fine has given many public and keynote lectures across the education, business, academic and public sectors.[6][7][8][9] Fine has also written for the New York Times, Scientific American, New Scientist, They Psychologist, The Guardian, and The Monthly, among others, and has reviewed books for the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

In April 2018 Cordelia Fine was awarded the Edinburgh Medal. This medal is awarded to “men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity.”[19]


Cordelia Fine was awarded a bachelor's degree in Experimental Psychology with first-class honours from Oxford University, a Master of Philosophy in Criminology from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Psychology from University College London.[20]


Since completing her PhD, Cordelia Fine has undertaken research at the School of Philosophy & Bioethics at Monash University, at the Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics at the Australian National University, and at the Centre for Agency, Values & Ethics (CAVE) at Macquarie University.[21] From 2012 to 2016 she was an ARC Future Fellow[22] at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.[23] She was also an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Business School, at the University of Melbourne until 2016.[24] She is currently a Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia[25]


A Mind of Its Own: Fine draws on literature across a range of psychological disciplines to reveal how the mind deludes itself to protect and bolster the ego and cherished beliefs. She discusses the different psychological processes the mind uses to distort reality about oneself and the world. She explains how these self-delusions serve to convince ourselves and others that we are better and less flawed than we actually are, and that our perception of the world is more accurate than it really is.[citation needed]

Delusions of Gender: Fine exposes the flaws in popularized scientific findings presented as evidence of hardwired, inherent differences in interests that are often taken to explain present-day inequalities between men and women.[26]

Testosterone Rex: Fine argues that contemporary scientific understanding in the fields of evolutionary biology, behavioral endocrinology, gender psychology, and neuroscience do not support the common belief that evolved, biological processes can explain persistent sex-inequalities in society.[citation needed]

Awards and Commendations[edit]

Testosterone Rex (book)

  • The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, 2017[27]

Delusions of Gender (book)

A Mind of Its Own (book)

  • One of twelve books long-listed for the UK Royal Society Science Prize 2007[36]

Selected bibliography[edit]


Journal articles[edit]

See also: Cahill, Larry (March–April 2014). "Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain". Cerebrum. Dana Foundation. 2014: 5. PMC 4087190Freely accessible. PMID 25009695. 


  1. ^ "Interview with Cordelia Fine". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Our staff — School of Historical and Philosophical Studies". Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Cordelia Fine's explosive study of gender politics wins 30th anniversary Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize". The Royal Society. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Cordelia Fine – Google Scholar". Google Scholar. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  5. ^ Schmitz, Sigrid; Höppner, Grit (2014). "Neurofeminism and feminist neurosciences: a critical review of contemporary brain research". Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8 (Review Article). doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00546. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Women World Changers 2017". Diversity Council Australia. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  7. ^ "FiLiA 2017, The Programme". FiLiA. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Fake News and Alternative Facts, Scientific Conference". The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Jesse Bering, Raewyn Connell, Elizabeth Riley & Cordelia Fine – Gender Doesn't Matterlast=". Youtube. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Biased but Brilliant". The New York Times, Sunday Review. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Promiscuous Men, Chaste Women and Other Gender Myths". Scientific American. September 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Biology doesn't justify gender divide for toys". New Scientist. 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Is testosterone the key to sex differences in human behaviour?". The Psychologist. 30: 44–49. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  14. ^ "Why Testosterone Rex is Extinct". The Guardian. 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Cordelia Fine, Articles by this author". The Monthly. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  16. ^ "Cordelia Fine, Articles". The Conversation. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  17. ^ "'Mind Change: How Digital Tecnologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains'". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  18. ^ "He and She and Ze and Hir". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  19. ^ "2018 Edinburgh Medal Awarded to Cordelia Fine". Science Festival. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-04-10. 
  20. ^ "Find an Expert, Prof Cordelia Fine". The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  21. ^ "Who We Are, Prof. Cordelia Fine". Centre for Ethical Leadership. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  22. ^ "Future Fellowships, Discovery Program". Australian Government, Australian Research Council. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  23. ^ "Find an Expert, Prof Cordelia Fine". The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  24. ^ "Find an Expert, Prof Cordelia Fine". The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  25. ^ "Faculty of Arts, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Our Staff". The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  26. ^ "Cordelia Fine and the Delusions of Gender". Neuroanthropology, Understanding the encultured brain and body. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  27. ^ "Cordelia Fine's explosive study of gender politics wins 30th anniversary Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize". The Royal Society. 2017-09-19. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  28. ^ "Cordelia Fine". Allen&Unwin Book Publishers. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  29. ^ "Cordelia Fine". Allen&Unwin Book Publishers. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  30. ^ "Cordelia Fine". Allen&Unwin Book Publishers. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  31. ^ "Best nonfiction of 2010". Washington Post, Books. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  32. ^ "Cordelia Fine". Allen&Unwin Book Publishers. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  33. ^ "The books we loved in 2010". Standard, EveningStandard, Lifestyle. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  34. ^ "Books of the year". The Guardian. 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  35. ^ "22 Books Women Think Men Should Read". Huffington Post, Books. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  36. ^ "Royal Society Prizes". The Royal Society. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 

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