Man and Woman: An Inside Story

Hardcover | November 27, 2010

byDonald W. Pfaff

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The saga of sex differences in brain and behavior begins with a tiny sperm swimming toward a huge egg, to contribute its tiny Y chromosome plus its copies of the other chromosomes. Genetic, anatomic and physiologic alterations in the male ensue, making his brain and behavior different inspecific respects from his sister. Brain-wise, specific cell groups develop differently in males compared to females, in some cases right after birth and in other cases at puberty. But genetics and neuroanatomy do not dominate the scene. Prenatal stress, postnatal stress and lousy treatment atpuberty all can affect males and females in different ways. The upshot of all these genetic and environmental factors produces small sex differences in certain abilities and huge sex differences in feelings, in pain and in suffering. Put this all together and the reader will see that biologicaland cultural influences on gender roles operate at so many different levels to influence behavioral mechanisms that gender role choices are flexible, reversible and non-dichotomous, especially in modern societies.

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The saga of sex differences in brain and behavior begins with a tiny sperm swimming toward a huge egg, to contribute its tiny Y chromosome plus its copies of the other chromosomes. Genetic, anatomic and physiologic alterations in the male ensue, making his brain and behavior different inspecific respects from his sister. Brain-wise, s...

Donald W. Pfaff, PhD, is professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, is a brain scientist who uses neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neurophysiological methods to study the cellular mechanisms by which the brain controls behavior.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195388844

ISBN - 13:9780195388848

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart 1: Genes2. Chromosomes3. Hormones4. Brain5. Behavioral Consequences in Animals6. Psychological Consequences in Humans7. Sex Gone WrongPart 2: Environment8. Sensitive PeriodsPart 3: Human Outcomes9. Bottom Lines