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

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1. Evaluation: Things that need to be considered in this line of research

  • Validity- David Reimer was only one person (low population)
  • ethical issues (socially sensitive) nature vs nurture, real world applications, biological determinism, research methods
  • ethics (damage of reputation)
  • ethics (family embarassment)
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2. Real life case study: David Reimer

  • Money claimed that biological sex was not the main factor in gender development
  • David Reimer couldn't ever be a boy because of a botched circumcision
  • Money claimed that socialisation had a greater influence on gender
  • That girls or boys could be raised to suit whatever gender

3. Criticisms of the research

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

4. Males have the hormone _______. Females have the hormone _______.

  • Dopamine and Serotonin
  • Oestrogen and Testosterone
  • Testosterone and Oestrogen
  • Serotonin and Dopamine

5. what is the difference between sex and gender?

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


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