Fetal testosterone and empathy.

  title={Fetal testosterone and empathy.},
  author={Rebecca Knickmeyer and Simon Baron-Cohen and Peter Raggatt and Kevin Taylor and Gerald Hackett},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
  volume={49 3},
BACKGROUND In animals, fetal testosterone (fT) plays a central role in organizing the brain and in later social behavior. In humans, exposure to atypical levels of prenatal androgens may result in masculine behavior and ability patterns. Normal inter-individual variation in fT levels has also been correlated with later sex-typed behavior. METHODS In the current study, 38 children (24 male, 14 female), whose fT was analyzed in amniotic fluid, were followed up at age 4. They were asked to… CONTINUE READING