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Gender Development Research Centre

 

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Would you like to help us with our research?

We are looking for volunteers to help us with our research in the Cambridge Brain and Behaviour Study, or CamBABS. We are looking at how hormone exposure within the womb relates to brain structure and behaviour. It is possible that hormone levels during fetal development influence the structural development of the human brain which in turn influences human behaviour, and this is what we are studying.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to participate in CamBABS if you are aged between 18 and 45 years and you have English as your first language.

What will I be asked to do?

If you decide to participate in our study, you will carry out tasks assessing a range of behavioural traits including spatial aptitude, throwing ability, personality characteristics, fine motor ability, and gender-related behaviour. In addition to this we will use a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner to obtain images of the structure of your brain. No special training is required for any of these tasks. We will also ask for your permission to collect samples of your saliva and blood, but these are optional.

How long will it take?

You will be with us for around three and a half hours on a day and at a time of your choosing, Monday to Friday.

What are the benefits of participating?

You will receive £30 for participating in CamBABS and we will reimburse your travel costs. You also will be given a picture of your brain!

How can I find out more / indicate my interest?

If you want to help us with our research or just want to find out more, please contact our study co-ordinator Beth Stevens on 01223 334577 or .

Alternatively, you can download a response card here and return it to eas1001@cam.ac.uk, stating your preferred time and method of contact.

 

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Latest news

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...

Professor Hines gives talk at LIDo teaching week 2020

6 April 2020

Professor Melissa Hines gave a talk during February's LIDo teaching week on her research into Human gender and early androgen exposure. The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo) teaching week brought together students from all over the country to listen to 24 eminent guest speakers from academia and industry...

How Large Are Gender Differences in Toy Preferences? Recent systematic review by Jac Davis and Professor Hines

2 April 2020

Former GDRC PhD student, Jac Davis, and Professor Hines recently published an article 'How large are gender differences in toy preferences? A systematic review and meta-analysis of toy preference research' in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour. Follow this link to access the full article.

Members of the GDRC attend workshop on 'Sex Differences, Dimorphisms and Divergences' in Erice, Sicily

10 June 2019

Prof Melissa Hines, Dr Debra Spencer, Prof Marcia Collaer and Dr Vickie Pasterski of the GDRC attended the workshop in May 2019, and Prof Hines gave a presentation on 'Human Gender Development'.

Ellen Robertson's talk at University of Marin Barleti, Albania

25 March 2019

Ellen Robertson gave a talk at the University of Marin Barleti, Albania, entitled 'Social Representations and the Sworn Virgins of Northern Albania', reflecting her PhD interests. More information on this topic can be found in a reference entry Ellen wrote for UCL's Encyclopedia of Informality.