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The neuroscience of sexual development

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The neuroscience of sexual development PSYC 370

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Ronni Cox
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Behavioral Neuroscience
Nancy Hamilton

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These notes are over the differences between female and male. There is some explicit content and apologize to anyone in advance if it offends you.
Behavioral Neuroscience
Nancy Hamilton
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Date Created: 10/02/15
The neuroscience of sexual development and gender identity Hormones the other chemical messenger 0 Hormones are partially or Wholly responsible for the following behaviorscharacteristicsprocesses I Expression of primary and secondary sex differences I Conception pregnancy lactation I Sexual differentiation of the brain I Muscle development I Sexual behavior I Eating drinking voiding I Sleeping I Emotions 0 Basically hormones help you do almost everything Hormones V neurotransmitters o The defining feature of hormone V neurotransmitter is in how they are released and the type of that are receptors activated 0 Not brain vs body both hormones e g cortisol and neurotransmitters act in the brain 0 Not CNS vs PNS many neurotransmitters e g acetylcholine are active in the peripheral nervous system 0 Not the substance itself some substances can act as both neurotransmitters and neurohormones e g epinephrine cortisol o WHAT IS IT 0 o Targets e g I Gonads I Mammary glands muscle tissue brain WHAT IS IT 0 0 Target dendritic receptors I Just the t1p n on39t Worry any Types of hormones 0 Steroid hormones 0 Cholesterol is the common precursor I Comes from your diet I If you don t produce cholesterol your body would not be able to create other hormones I Eat your cheerios But not too much o Adrenal corteX hormones I M These are probably really important o Gonadal hormones I M These are probably really important Behavioral neuroscience key players 0 Brain CNS Hypothalamus amygdala pre optic regions 0 Body gonads o Ovaries and testes 0 Behavior targets 0 Reproductive system 0 Structures associated with secondary seX characteristics Behavioral endocrinology 0 Study of the relationship between hormones and the nervous system 0 First experiment Berthold 1849 o Castrated roosters found that they no longer engaged in sexstereotyped behavior e g crow approach females act aggressively o Reimplanted one testicle in the body cavity reemergence of sexstereotyped behavior 0 Berthold noted that the testis did not reestablish nerve connections 0 Berthold concluded that a chemical produced by the testes and released into the circulatory system in uenced sexstereotyped behavior WWVF1 I 1D PiC EOm What defines malefemale 0 Genotypes o XX or XY 0 Phenotypes o What you look like on the outside I Breasts vagina penis 0 Sexual 0 Doing things more female like or more male like stereotypes 0 Identity Male vs female Simple definition 0 XX Female 0 XY Male The TRUTH o It is not fully based on your genotype Brain body hormone connections 0 Complicated 0 Typical brain hormone connection Brain 9 hormone 9 target organstissues Brain 9 hormone 9 endocrine gland 9 hormone 0 Sexual development Ovariestestes 9 hormones 9 targets in brain and peripheral tissues I Behavior is related to gend r more than sex XX XY what are the differences 0 Gonads o Ovaries testes o Ducts o XX Uterus vagina fallopian tubes 0 XY seminal vesicles vas deferens Body Cavity quot Erectile 39 i quot Tissue L Gland External reproductive organs 0 Labia clitoris o Penisscrotum Secondary sex characteristics 0 Breasts shoulders hips body hair GlansPenis Iquot VasDeferens Epididymis Scrotum Testis 0 Ya know The stuff that shows up when puberty happens 0 Brain 0 Size slight differences in anatomical structures e g and lateralization How do you make a man Must begin by looking at prenatal development 0 Female is the default gender due to the lack of testosterone Build a man Forget about going to BuildABear I want to go to BuildAMani Let s look at the prenatal development store 0 1 Genes XY 0 Gene on Y produces Sry protein I No Y no Sry I YOU NEED A Y CHROMOSOME TO HAVE SRY 2 6 weeks primordial gonads testes o Sry protein 9 medulla Medulla matures into testes Sry protein tells the medulla to develop 3 12 weeks ducts seminal vesicle vas deferens o Testes secrets testosterone I Testosterone causes to develop and testes to descend o Testosterone hits up that Wolffian system and says hey Grow a pair 0 Testes also secrete Mullerian inhibiting substance 9 causes Mullarian system to deteriorate ulinl IUIIlII quotI A r 39 2 I Testosterone hits up the Mullerian system and say hey yo girl stop No girls allowed 0 4 8 weeks External reproductive organs penis and scrotum begin to develop 0 Testes produce a surge of testosterone which causes the bipotential precursor to morph into a penis and scrotum 0 At 12 15 weeks you can see seX differences on sonogram I Scrotum is like a nice housing place for the testicles Question time 0 Why aren t we talking about how to make a woman 0 GENDER EQUALITY 0 ANSWER you make a woman by not making a man 0 Female is the default gender 0 Females develop in the ABSENCE of testosterone Build a woman You want me to confom to your standards as 0 1 Genes XX awomawnsi 390 Wife Thls alnt o No Y no Sry Builda Bitch workshop I SorryNotSorry 0 2 6 weeks Gonads corteX develops into ovary som gsa cci sm 0 3 12 weeks ducts uterus upper vagina fallopian tubes 0 In the absence of testes and thus absence of testosteroneMullerian inhibiting substance the Mullarian system develops and Wolffian system deteriorates 0 4 8 weeks external reproductive organs clitoris labia begin to develop 0 Lack of testestestosterone means that the bipotential precursor will develop into female external genitals o 12 15 weeks sonogram can detect sex Step 5 PUBERTY AKA HELL 0 Secondary sex characteristics body hair beast and penis development 0 Caused by a cascade of hormones from the HPA axis 0 Anterior pituitary 39 Secretes growth hormone 0 9 bonesmuscles 9 growth spurt 0 Has receptors on ovariestestes and releases different hormones based on what you have 0 9 Ovariestestes 9 androgens estrogens Balance determines the direction of development male vs female sex hormones play important roles in the development of both sexes Brains 0 Sex differences 0 Sex hormones released by testes testosterone cause sex differentiation of hypothalamus I Sex differentiation of the hypothalamus determines whether gonadotropins cycle for XX GnRH initiates ovulation and the menstrual cycle or remain at a steady state for XY NA 0 Human XY testes release testosterone which masculinizes the XY hypothalamus Human XX lack or low levels of testosterone does NOT masculinize the XX hypothalamus 0 Other factors 0 XX XY genetic in uences 0 Both estrogens and testosterone have effects on brain development I Different regions of the brain have receptors for sex hormones 0 Trigger cell growth 0 Dendritic branching o Regulate the activity at synapses


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