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Prenatal Testosterone in Mind : Amniotic Fluid Studies (Paperback)

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This pioneering study looks at the effects of prenatal testosterone onpostnatal development and behavior. Hormonal effects on behavior have long beenstudied in animals; the unique contribution of this book is to suggest a connectionbetween human fetal hormones and later behavior. It details for the first timetestosterones effect on social and language development, opening a new avenue ofresearch for cognitive neuroscience.The authors look at samples of amniotic fluidtaken during amniocentesis at 16 weeks gestation, and relate the fetal level oftestosterone (which is present in fetuses of both sexes, although in differentquantities) to behavior at ages 1, 2, and 4 years. They argue that the amnioticfluid provides a window into the childs past -- a chemical record of that childstime in the womb -- that allows informed prediction about the childs future brain, mind, and behavior. This is not the retrospective speculation of psychoanalysis, they point out, but an opportunity to study development prospectively and tracedevelopmental precursors and causes of later cognition.The study suggests thatprenatal levels of testosterone affect a range of later behaviors in children, fromthe inclination to make eye contact with others to the size of the vocabulary. Italso suggests that prenatal testosterone level may be related to the development oftypically masculine and feminine behaviors. The studys ongoing researchexplores whether fetal testosterone has any link with the risk of developing autism.Connecting endocrinology and psychology, the authors propose that there is abiological component to behaviors often thought to be produced by the socialenvironment. *Author: Baron-Cohen, Simon/ Lutchmaya, Svetlana/ Knickmeyer, Rebecca *Series Title: Bradford Books (Paperback) *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 144 *Publication Date: 2006/01/20 *Age Level: 22 - UP *Language: English *Dimensions: 7.72 x 5.04 x 0.45 inches


Publisher Bradford Books
Mfg Part# 9780262524568
SKU 202111375
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0262524562
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0144
Publisher Bradford Book
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