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Author Baron-Cohen, Simon.
Title Prenatal testosterone in mind : amniotic fluid studies / Simon Baron-Cohen, Svetlana Lutchmaya, Rebecca Knickmeyer.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004.
©2004

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Author Baron-Cohen, Simon.
Series Bradford Bks.
Bradford Bks.
Subject Amniotic liquid -- Analysis.
Fetus -- Growth.
Testosterone.
Testosterone -- physiology.
Child Development.
Embryo and Fetal Development.
Alt Name Lutchmaya, Svetlana.
Knickmeyer, Rebecca.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 131 pages).
Note "A Bradford book."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-127) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents 1. Fetal testosterone -- 2. Why study fetal testosterone? -- 3. Cerebral lateralization and animal studies -- 4. Disorders of sexual development -- 5. Research strategies for studying hormone effects -- 6. "Amniocentesized children" : from fetus to 12 months -- 7. "Amniocentesized children" : from fetus to 24 months -- 8. "Amniocentesized children" : from fetus to 48 months -- 9. Limitations of the reported studies and future directions for research.
Summary This pioneering study looks at the effects of prenatal testosterone on postnatal development and behavior. Hormonal effects on behavior have long been studied in animals; the unique contribution of this book is to suggest a connection between human fetal hormones and later behavior. It details for the first time testosterone's effect on social and language development, opening a new avenue of research for cognitive neuroscience. The authors look at samples of amniotic fluid taken during amniocentesis at 16 weeks' gestation, and relate the fetal level of testosterone (which is present in fetuses of both sexes, although in different quantities) to behavior at ages 1, 2, and 4 years. They argue that the amniotic fluid provides a window into the child's past -- a chemical record of that child's time in the womb -- that allows informed prediction about the child's future brain, mind, and behavior. This is not the retrospective speculation of psychoanalysis, they point out, but an opportunity to study development prospectively and trace developmental precursors and causes of later cognition. The study suggests that prenatal levels of testosterone affect a range of later behaviors in children, from the inclination to make eye contact with others to the size of the vocabulary. It also suggests that prenatal testosterone level may be related to the development of typically "masculine" and "feminine" behaviors. The study's ongoing research explores whether fetal testosterone has any link with the risk of developing autism. Connecting endocrinology and psychology, the authors propose that there is a biological component to behaviors often thought to be produced by the social environment.
Note English.
ISBN 9780262267748 (electronic bk.)
0262267748 (electronic bk.)
0262025639
9780262025638
0262524562 (pbk.)
9780262524568 (pbk.)
OCLC # 57141652
Additional Format Print version: Baron-Cohen, Simon. Prenatal testosterone in mind. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004 0262025639 (DLC) 2003069132 (OCoLC)53901131



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