Venus vs. Mars

Women who underwent testosterone treatment “think more like men”

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New research on the influence of testosterone on the brain seems to suggest that there really is such a thing as a “male” and a “female” brain.  The researchers of a new study, presented at the annual meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Amsterdam, used MRI scans to study the effects of testosterone treatment on 18 female-to-male transsexuals. They found that after the hormone therapy, these individuals began “thinking more like men” and they noted structural changes in the brain. This new discovery might help to explain the variations in women’s and men’s verbal, multi-tasking and spatial skills. Researcher Professor Rupert Lanzenberger, from the University of Vienna, added that their findings “may suggest that the genuine difference between the brains of women and men is substantially attributable to the effects of circulating sex hormones. Moreover, the hormonal influence on human brain structure goes beyond early developmental phases and is still present in adulthood.”

Read the full story at The Independent.

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