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Gender Development Research Centre

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The Gender Development Research Centre is interested in the factors that influence gender-related behaviour beginning at conception, and continuing across the lifespan. You can find out more about our research topics, latest news and staff and students by exploring the website.

Are you interested in participating in the Centre's research? We need healthy volunteers for our CamBABS study, where we are looking at behaviour and brain structure. For more information about the study and how to be involved, click here.



Gender Development Research Centre
Department of Psychology - New Museums Site
University of Cambridge
Free School Lane
Cambridge CB2 3RQ

Latest news

New publication in Hormones and Behavior by Dr Debra Spencer and Professor Melissa Hines

19 November 2020

An article titled Prenatal androgen exposure and children's gender-typed behavior and toy and playmate preferences has been published in Hormones and Behavior by Dr Debra Spencer, Professor Melissa Hines and colleagues. This article reports findings from two studies investigating possible relations of prenatal androgen...

New publication by Dr Kung Tim Karson & Professor Melissa Hines

19 October 2020

A new article by Dr Kung Tim Karson and Professor Melissa Hines, in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Paediatrics, has been published in The Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry. This link can be used to access the article, titled 'No relationship between prenatal or early postnatal androgen...

Review published: Human Gender Development

21 August 2020

A review on Human Gender Development by Professor Hines was recently published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Reviews. This link will take you to the review. Highlights of the review include: Early testosterone (T) exposure and socialization influence gender development. Early T influences gender role behaviour...

Professor Hines on BBC Radio Four Women's Hour

27 July 2020

On Tuesday 21 July, Professor Melissa Hines took part in a discussion on Gender neutral parenting on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour. You can listen here (the discussion starts approximately 23 minutes into the programme).

Meta-analysis by Professor Hines and Professor Collaer

7 April 2020

Professor Melissa Hines and visiting scholar Professor Marcia Collaer have published a meta-analysis in the Archives of Sexual Behavior entitled 'No evidence for elevated prenatal androgen exposure in congenital adrenal hyperplasia: a meta-analysis' in which the potential influence of prenatal androgen exposure on spatial...