Brain Gender

ISBN-10: 0195188365
ISBN-13: 9780195188363
Edition: 2005
Authors: Melissa Hines
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Do biological factors, such as gonadal hormones, determine our sexual destiny after our genes are in place? Do they make men aggressive, or women nurturing? Do they cause boys and girls to play differently or to have different interests? Do they explain differences in sexual orientation within each sex group? Do they contribute to the preponderance of men in science or women at home? Scientists working from a psychosocial perspective would answer these questions differently than those working from a behavioral neuroscience or neuroendocrinological perspective. This book brings both of these perspectives to bear on the questions, tracing the factors that influence the brain, beginning with testosterone and other hormones during prenatal life, and continuing through changing life situations and experiences that can sculpt the brain and its activity, even in adulthood. This influence has important implications for understanding the social roles of men and women in society, the different educational and emotional issues that confront males and females, the legal rights of those whose sexual orientation or gender identity do not correspond to norms, and even standards of clinical care for people born with physical intersex conditions that make it difficult to classify a person as male or female at birth. This original and accessible book will be of interest to psychologists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and educators, as well as the general public. It is also suitable for use in graduate and undergraduate courses on the psychology of gender or on hormones and behavior.

Sex Differences in Human Behavior
Is It a Girl or Is It a Boy?
The Sexual Animal
Sex and the Animal Brain
Gonadal Hormones and Human Sexuality
Sex and Play
Androgen and Aggression
Hormones and Parenting
Androgen, Estrogen, and Cognition
Sex and the Human Brain
Engendering the Brain
Glossary
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