Gonadal Hormones and the Developing Brain

  • Richard E. Whalen
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 8)


Research during the past 15 years has revealed that the developing brain has a sensitivity and response to gonadal hormones which differs from that of the fully mature brain. This age-dependent sensitivity of brain to hormones has been shown in studies of the ontogeny of gonadal function as well as in studies of the development of behavior. Research in these areas has been extensively reviewed in the past few years (Beach, 1971; Gorski, 1971; Goy, 1968; Whalen, 1968). Thus, no attempt will be made here to review all aspects of the hormonal control of sexual development. Rather, we will focus on one species, the rat, and will attempt to illustrate some principles of hormone action as they relate to the development of sexual behavior.


Sexual Behavior Estrous Cycle Sexual Response Gonadal Hormone Nuclear Binding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Whalen
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  1. 1.Department of PsychobiologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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