Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Fitch & Denenberg: Sexual differentiation of the brain

Indirect influences of gonadal hormones on sexual differentiation


Lesley J. Rogers a1
a1 Department of Physiology, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia lrogers@metz.une.edu.au

Abstract

Indirect routes by which gonadal hormones influence sexual differentiation are considered. In rats, differentiation may depend on the way in which the mother responds to the hormonal condition of her pups, and this has implications for the interpretation of the data for humans. Interaction between gonadal hormones and light experience in chicks is compared with the mammalian systems covered in Fitch & Denenberg's review.