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Honora Gaffney 1/31/2007 Principles of Psychology (Psych in Society Article #1) The article published January 30, 2007 on msnbc.com and released by Reuters, “Fertility cycle impacts female brain, scans show” discusses how female hormones have an impact on the brain, more specifically at different phases during the menstrual cycle. The study illustrated in this article (researches had women play an imaginary slot machine) discovered that different parts of the female brain anticipated the “reward” at different times of the menstrual cycle. For example, a woman four to eight days after the start of her period would have more activity in the amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex (“Fertility cycle impacts female brain, scans show”, pg 2). This study could help explain the fact that women seem to receive more satisfaction from certain drugs during
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Unformatted text preview: certain points of the fertility cycle, and why women are not as high at risk for being diagnosed with schizophrenia, both revealed in alternative studies. The study and the results of the study described in the article make an example that the gender of a person is not determined by their sexual organs alone, but by the architecture and chemistry of their brain, as well as hormonally. While men’s brains are affected by hormones also, they are not affected in the same way that female brains are affected by hormones (“Fertility cycle impacts female brain, scans show”, pg 3). This study would also provide strong evidence against John Money’s theory that gender could be “reassigned” and/or “taught” at a young age....
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