A difference in hypothalamic structure between heterosexual and homosexual men

  title={A difference in hypothalamic structure between heterosexual and homosexual men},
  author={Simon Levay},
  pages={1034 - 1037}
  • S. Levay
  • Published 30 August 1991
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Science
The anterior hypothalamus of the brain participates in the regulation of male-typical sexual behavior. [] Key Method The volumes of four cell groups in this region [interstitial nuclei of the anterior hypothalamus (INAH) 1, 2, 3, and 4] were measured in postmortem tissue from three subject groups: women, men who were presumed to be heterosexual, and homosexual men. No differences were found between the groups in the volumes of INAH 1, 2, or 4. As has been reported previously, INAH 3 was more than twice as…

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