SexualDifferentiation (1)

Hormonal errors also fetally androgenized females

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Unformatted text preview: a. Caused by medications or malfunctioning adrenal glands. XX Female is exposed to large amounts of testosterone during the prenatal time. Results in normal internal structures but masculinized external reproductive structures. Is Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome due to a genetic defect that makes body cells insensitive to androgens. Testes are formed but do not descend. No other internal structures form. External structures appear feminine. Is DHT Deficiency due to a genetic defect that makes it impossible to change testosterone into DHT. Testes do not descend; penis is undersized. Are raised as females until puberty when development continues. Brain Differentiation Some believe that there is a male brain and a female brain. These differences would develop during the prenatal time, most likely due to the influence of hormones. Brain Differentiation One area of the brain that is probably affected is the hypothalamus The hypothalamus controls hunger, thirst, hormone production, etc. Brain Differentiation Testosterone No testosterone Hypothalamus becomes insensitive to estrogen Hypothalamus becomes sensitive...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2010 for the course PSY 220 taught by Professor Ashcraft during the Spring '10 term at Clarion.

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