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1 Sex Differences in Behavior: Sex Determination and Differentiation
Chapter 3: Sex Differences in Behavior: Sex Determination and Differentiation

2 Stereotypes based on trends.

3 Sexual differentiation – the developmental process leading to becoming a male or a female
Hormones and environmental experiences guide the development of physiological, morphological, and behavioral characteristics that are displayed later in life. Sex Determination and Sex Differentiation Chromosomal sex (fertilization) Gonadal sex (ovaries or testes) Gametic sex (which type of gametes are produced) Hormonal sex (estrogen to androgen ratio) Morphological sex (differences in body type) Behavioral sex (male-typical vs female-typical) Specifically in humans: Gender identity (sex or gender a person feels themselves to be) Sexual orientation (preference for a sex partner) Legal sex (governmentally determined)

4 3.3 Levels of sex determination
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Parthenogenesis – asexual reproduction in vertebrates… they will be female Polygamous – having multiple mating partners Sexual Selection – a subset of Natural Selection where selection pressures are based upon the competition for obtaining mating partners. PROXIMATE CAUSES OF SEX DIFFERENCES Organizational / activational hypothesis – behavioral sex differences result from a) differential exposure to hormones that act early in development to shape the brain and nervous system guiding these behaviors, and b) differential exposure to sex steroid hormones later in life (puberty through adulthood) activate the neural circuits shaped in (a)

6 3.4 Gonadal development of the human embryo
All mammals start out being BIPOTENTIAL – they can develop into either the male or female sex. The germinal ridge will be able to develop into either primordial gonad once acted upon by proteins produced in the body. nelson3e-fig jpg

7 Anlagen – a term relating to the dual primordial tissues relevant to the development of secondary sexual characteristics. Mullerian duct system – female accessory structures Wollfian duct system – male accessory structures

8 3.5 The Müllerian and Wolffian duct systems
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9 Female accessory sex structures are the default pattern in mammals.
But, due to the anglen effect (presence) of both systems intitally, in rare circumstances, both systems can develop in a single individual… This leads to potential hermaphroditism – (now sometimes called intersexism) is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries) or there are present both sexes in the same individual. Hermaphroditic Lamb

10 Female development is the default, but male development requires testosterone and MIH (Mullerian inhibitory hormone). The testosterone will activate growth of the Wolffian duct mophology. The MIH will cause regression of the Mullerian duct morphology. There are two pathways that occur simultaneously to guide sexual differentiation. These are referred to as: 1. The masculinization – demasculinization continuum – masculinization induces male traits while demasculinization is the removal of the potential for male traits. 2. The feminization – defeminization continuum - feminization induces female traits and defeminization is the removal of the potential for female traits.

11 3.6 Normal development of the accessory sex organs
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12 3.7 Embryonic development of human external genitalia
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13 3.8 Normal development of the external genitalia
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14 3.9 Sexual differentiation in humans
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15 Aromatase Inhibitors -
a class of drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women. Some cancers require estrogen to grow. Aromatase is an enzyme that synthesizes estrogen. Aromatase inhibitors block the synthesis of estrogen. This lowers the estrogen level, and slows the growth of estrogen sensitive cancers. There are naturally occurring aromatase inhibitors in the body.

16 Rat Developmental Time Line
(birth) -10 -20 10 20 30 40 180 150 fertilization loss of bipotentialty birth puberty full maturity This is a rat developmental time line that shows key points of development in the life of a rat. Please point out and define the following for the audience Day 0 = birth Day -21 fertilization (21 days of gestation) ~day = puberty ~day 160 = maturity We selected three different exposure times for our studies Prenatal (esposure from day -20 to birth via the placenta) Pre-pubertal (exposure from day 21 – 60) Fully mature (exposure after day 180)

17 Study of the Pharmacological Agent ATD
Receives Exposure to ATD (an aromatase enzyme inhibitor) Pregnant Female Rat Pups are born having been exposed to the ATD (the aromatase enzyme inhibitor) developmentally

18 Reproductive Behaviors



21 3.15 Development of female copulatory behavior requires active hormonal secretion
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22 3.16 Ovary and oviduct of a chicken
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23 3.18 Three types of male tree lizards
Territorial males – Sedentary, non-territorial males – Nomadic non-territorial males - nelson3e-fig jpg

24 3.19 Temperature-dependent sex determination in reptiles
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25 3.20 Aggression in adult female geckos
In this graph, you need to note: The high temperature range is a low-female population. The low temperature is an all-female population. nelson3e-fig jpg

26 3.22 Freemartins nelson3e-fig jpg

27 Freemartins - an infertile female mammal which has masculinized behavior and non-functioning ovaries. Genetically and externally the animal is female, but it is sterilized in the womb by hormones from a male twin, becoming an infertile partial intersex. Freemartinism is the normal outcome of mixed-sex twins in all cattle species that have been studied, and it also occurs occasionally in other mammals including sheep, goats and pigs. It is possible this may arise in dizygotic mixed sex twins in humans as well, although examples are limited

28 3.23 LH profiles of female and male rats
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29 3.26 Experimental protocol
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30 3.27 Testosterone is a prohormone
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31 3.28 Rat pups gestating in utero
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32 3.29 Rough-and-tumble play behavior is demasculinized in males by stress in utero
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33 3.24 Positive feedback and the control of ovulation
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34 3.25 The surge and pulse centers of the hypothalamus
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