Biological influences on gender: roles of genes/hormones/brain differences

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1. Who researched the role of testosterone in cases of hermaphroditism? (Bastista family)

  • McLovin'
  • Imperato-McGiney et al
  • Mr roboto
  • Milo-danglers et al
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2. Criticisms of the research

  • David Reimer had a problem with cognitive processes -unreliable
  • Money manipulated David into thinking he was a girl
  • Biological determinism - The role of genes and hormonesm, in the case of gender differences such differences are inevitable
  • it excludes women (biased)

3. what is the difference between sex and gender?

  • sex and gender confusion causes transsexualism
  • Sex is the biology of why we are male or female
  • Gender depends on how you feel on the day
  • There is no difference

4. What happened in the study?

  • raised as girls then developed and treated as males
  • girls turned into boys then turned into lizards
  • boys turned into girls
  • raised as boys and remained boys

5. What did they do?

  • Understood that hormones affects the neurology of the brain in relation to gender
  • Found that the amygdala was different in male and female brains
  • found that men had bigger brains than women
  • found that women had bigger brains than men


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