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Gender Development Research Centre

 

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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Latest news

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...

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.