AQA A2 Psychology Unit 3 - Gender - Role of Hormones and Genes

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1. What does Green say about the release of testosterone?

  • If not released then the brain will develop into a female form
  • If not released then the brain will develop into a male form
  • If released then the brain will develop abnormally
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2. What does Young look at in the role of gender and hormones?

  • Animal research - Female rats given male hormones during critical period adopt their behaviour
  • Animal research - If males are given more testosterone than needed then they show erratic behaviour
  • Case Studies - Giving girls testosterone during the critical period = male like behaviour

3. Who contradicted Money and Erdharts study of exposing girls to androgen during pregnancy, causes male like behaviour?

  • South - Girls who were given male hormones during the critical period only shows male like behaviour in sports
  • Hines - Girls who suffer from CAH show little difference in behaviour
  • Todhunter - Girls who had higher levels of male hormone did not show any male like behaviour

4. Why is this theory reductionist?

  • Does not take into account environmental factors or individual difference
  • Does not take into account the social factors
  • Does not take into account the behavioural approach

5. Dalton looks at how behaviour changes are linked to the menstrual cycle, how was this study carried out?

  • Looking at when crimes were committed (60-80% during menstrual cycle)
  • Looked at the aggression towards peers
  • Looked at the increase of particular hormones and their effects on the individuals behaviour


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