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Are men really brain damaged at birth?

Marielle Fois im99_foa at nada.kth.se
Fri Jun 29 18:01:01 EST 2001


On Fri, 29 Jun 2001, Brian wrote:

> "Marielle Fois" <im99_foa at nada.kth.se> skrev i melding
> news:Pine.SOL.4.30.0106291701480.2911-100000 at my.nada.kth.se...
>
> > I have read a couple of articles that suggest this difference between
> > men and women. In reality, the difference was not between women and
> > men itself, but between individuals exposed to higher and lower
> > levels of testosterone. In their studies, women that had been exposed
> > to higher levels of testosterone during their lifes seemed to develop
> > better spacial skills. Thus, they proposed that men develop better
> > spacial skills because they are evidently exposed to higher levels of
> > testosterone than women are.
>
> I've read something similar.
> But it is not just testosterone, but also estrogene.
> I think that the level of these hormones are essential for the developement
> of male and female babies.
> One theory is that the sex is decided pretty much at the beginning and that
> the mothers body respond by raising/lowering the level of the hormones.
> Sometimes the mechanism is interrupted and the child will develope a
> 'male' brain in a 'female' body - hence the idea of living in the wrong
> body.

Could you give links to the theory you mention? Yesterday I read an
interesting discussion titled "Does the Fetus Begin as Female?" at

  http://research.umbc.edu/~korenman/wmst/fetus.html

in which the topic of development of sex in fetusi is discussed.

Marielle




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