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Man and Woman: An Inside Story
 
 
Author
Donald W. Pfaff.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780195388848
Pages/Publication Date 226/2011
Daedalus Item Code 23283
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The saga of sex differences in brain and behavior begins with a tiny sperm swimming toward a huge egg, to contribute its even tinier X or Y chromosome to the genetic makeup of the new human. Genetic, anatomical, and physiological alterations in the male ensue, making his brain and behavior different in specific respects from his sister. In the brain, specific cell groups develop differently in males compared to females, in some cases right after birth and in other cases at puberty. But genetics and neuroanatomy do not dominate the scene, says brain and behavioral expert Donald Pfaff. Prenatal stress, postnatal stress, and lousy treatment at puberty all can affect males and females in different ways. The upshot of all these genetic and environmental factors produces small sex differences in certain abilities and huge sex differences in feelings, in pain, and in suffering. Put this all together, Pfaff argues, and it becomes clear that biological and cultural influences on gender roles operate at so many different levels to influence behavioral mechanisms that gender role choices are flexible, reversible, and non-dichotomous, especially in modern societies.

"Any writer brave enough to take on this subject needs to be meticulous and unflaggingly skeptical in his or her approach.... Pfaff is the right man for the job."Economist (London)

 
 
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