Prenatal testosterone and gender-related behaviour.

  title={Prenatal testosterone and gender-related behaviour.},
  author={Melissa Hines},
  journal={European journal of endocrinology},
  volume={155 Suppl 1},
  • M. Hines
  • Published 1 November 2006
  • Biology, Psychology, Medicine
  • European journal of endocrinology
Testosterone plays an important role in mammalian brain development. In neural regions with appropriate receptors testosterone, or its metabolites, influences patterns of cell death and survival, neural connectivity and neurochemical characterization. Consequently, testosterone exposure during critical periods of early development produces permanent behavioural changes. In humans, affected behaviours include childhood play behaviour, sexual orientation, core gender identity and other… 

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