Margaret L. Forgie (1995) Are Ovarian Secretions all That Females "need"?
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Psycoloquy 6(22): Are Ovarian Secretions all That Females "need"?
ARE OVARIAN SECRETIONS ALL THAT FEMALES "NEED"?
Margaret L. Forgie
Commentary on Fitch & Denenberg on Sex-Brain
Department of Psychology
The University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4, CANADA
Fitch & Denenberg (1995) have done an admirable job of
marshalling evidence in support of the hypothesis that the full
development of female-typical behavior requires exposure to ovarian
steroids in the postnatal period. Although I am in agreement with
this position, I feel that the authors have oversimplified the rich
variation in the processes that might account for the production of
sexually-dimorphic behaviors in the adult mammal.
corpus callosum, development, estrogen, feminization,
ovaries, sensitive period.