Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender

Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.

By Shawna Williams | March 1, 2018

S ince the 1990s, researchers have investigated various features of the brains of transgender people. The results have yielded a mixed picture of the neural mechanisms that may underlie what’s known as gender dysphoria. 



Some studies, for example, have identified aspects of transgender brains that more closely match those of people of the same gender or fall in between typical cisgender women and men, supporting the idea that there is a mismatch between the development of gender in the brain and the body ✹. But others have found features of the brains of transgender individuals that are more similar to those of people who share their sex assigned at birth, or differ from cisgender people of both sexes ❖.


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March 23, 2018

I find it interesting that you've adopted the term 'cis' in your research, when I have yet to come across any person in my life who feels wholly comfortable in their body as either male or female. You also use the phrase 'sex assigned at birth' ...which if I'm not mistaken was primarily used by the intersex medical community and unnecessary in the day to day categorization of male and female infants.

Language is, or rather should be, paramount in science.

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