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Brain Gender$
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Melissa Hines

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188363.001.1

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Sex and Play

Sex and Play

(p.109) 6 Sex and Play
Brain Gender

Melissa Hines

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses sex differences in play. Data from studies of girls exposed to high levels of androgenic hormones prenatally suggest that this exposure is associated with increased male-typical childhood play behavior. In particular, these girls show increased preferences for toys and activities normally chosen by boys, reduced preferences for toys and activities normally chosen by girls, and increased preferences for boys as playmates. This relationship is not limited to girls with hormonal abnormalities. Normal variability in maternal testosterone during pregnancy also relates to male-typical toy and activity preferences in female offspring.

Keywords:   sex differences, psychological development, girls, boys, gender development, childhood play, toy preferences

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