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originally posted by: pl3bscheese
a reply to: In4ormant
Here's what I'd like to see (assuming your last post is true). Do earlier studies show more of a degree of difference due to the cultural assumptions we ran with, or... did we simply not have enough data and our prior results were more bias than what it actually showed.
It would be interesting if we could prove that changing cultural mores changed our brain structure and function sufficiently to blur the lines between a "female brain" and "male brain".
Is it all in the head, or all in the thought things floating around?
Other investigators have looked at sex differences through brain functioning. In a study published in 2014, psychologist Sarah M. Burke of VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and biologist Julie Bakker of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience used functional MRI to examine how 39 prepubertal and 41 adolescent boys and girls with gender dysphoria responded to androstadienone, an odorous steroid with pheromonelike properties that is known to cause a different response in the hypothalamus of men versus women. They found that the adolescent boys and girls with gender dysphoria responded much like peers of their experienced gender. The results were less clear with the prepubertal children.