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Research Themes

The Gender Development Research Centre carries out research into many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Mini-puberty and the influence of androgens, such as testosterone, during prenatal and neonatal development on gender-typical behaviour and development
  • Biological and environmental factors that mediate or moderate sex differences in young children’s aggression
  • Whether children’s cognitive understanding of gender mediates hormonal influences on behaviour
  • The influence of androgens during prenatal development on brain structure in individuals with disorders of sex development (DSDs)
  • DSDs and gender dysphoria
  • Evolution of non-binary gender identities and overlap between autistic traits and gender dysphoria
  • The development of sexual orientation from childhood to adulthood and identifying early predictors of later sexual orientation
  • The relation between sexual orientation and mental health
  • Cognitive development in early infancy; why certain cognitive traits show sex differences early in life which then remain stable despite changes in social attitudes
  • The effect of early postnatal testosterone on mental rotation in infants at 3 and 5 months, and whether there is a sex difference in joint attention in infants between 3-5 months
  • Hormonal and parental contributions to infants' mental rotation abilities
  • What is the behavioural phenotype for individuals with DSDs and how can the psychological development of people with DSDs be optimized?
  • Do essentialist explanations of gender differences have negative consequences for society, and, if so, how can these be counteracted?

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Conference on Collaborating for Gender Equality in STEM

May 26, 2017

GDRC's Karly Drabot, Ellen Robertson and Jac Davis organised a one-day conference and workshop with leading academics, professionals, non-profits and students.

Science Festival workshop a success!

Mar 27, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along last Saturday to the Psychology open day and participated in our event 'Like apples to oranges... not quite'.

Li, Kung & Hines' sexual orientation paper published in Developmental Psychology

Feb 24, 2017

The GDRC's Gu Li, Tim Kung and Melissa Hines are published in Developmental Psychology, which is now available online.

GDRC at the Science Festival 2017

Feb 01, 2017

The GDRC team will be hosting a hands-on workshop at this year's Science Festival for children and adults alike

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