Psych 304 Lecture Notes - Jan.27th

Psych 304 Lecture Notes - Jan.27th - Psych 304 Lecture...

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Psych 304 Lecture Notes Jan.27 th , 2009 Abnormal Cases: 5-alpha reductase deficit of males: → Dominican Republic study (Dr. Diamond) - boys raised as girls initially, but later reverted back to male gender identity Example of Dr. Money & reassigning gender - boy was circumsized & Dr. Money convinced parents to reassign boy's gender - boy was very unhappy as a girl & reverted back to male gender identity at age 13 - boy committed suicide at age 30 (boy's twin brother committed suicide some years before therefore this may have led to boy's suicide & not necessarily gender reassignment) - hypogonadic: when testes don't produce enough testosterone Homosexuality: - sexual orientation towards same gender 1. Interstitial nuclei of the anterior hypothalamus 3 (aka INAH 3 ) - started with work of Simon le vay (1991) - le vay is homosexual & his partner died of AIDS - came from a strong background of physiology - Post-mortem studies (took brain from dead people & studied it) - studied 3 groups of people (AIDS in homosexual men, heterosexual men and heterosexual women) - found that size of INAH 3 in homosexual men & heterosexual women was smaller than that of heterosexual men - suggests that sexual orientation might have a biological substrate - criticism: - need to replicate study - need to include 4 th group (homosexual females)
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