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What is the study examining biological sex differences in determination where babies pulled on a string to generate a response?

I'm looking for the study that describes this experiment. I saw it demonstrated in a documentary, but I can't remember the name of it. In the experiment, biological males and females were put in a ...
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How much bigger is sex drive in men than in women?

There are several studies that determine that sex drive in men is bigger than in women (which, anyway, is something that almost anyone can conclude by observing). Here are some web pages examining ...
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Why does Cross-sex hormone therapy have an opposite effect on cortical thickness?

In a recent lecture I was informed that cross-sex hormone therapy increases the cortical thickness in FtMs, but decreases CTh in MtFs. Why does this happen when studies find females have increased ...
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Do women see the phallus with the same amount of sexual excitement as a man seeing breasts?

Heterosexual men love to ogle breasts; the bigger(usually) the better and often are one of the first things they look at. Women have more erroneous zones than men and they don’t really have the ...
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Do transgender people typically get tested for intersex conditions?

I tried searching on my own but can’t even come up with proper search terms. Prior to medical transition, do people undergo testing for conditions like Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia or XXY? ...
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Why are trans-women more common than trans-men?

Before I begin, note I have no animosity nor prejudice against anyone. Please keep the answers scientifically motivated. Various surveys on trans populations have shown male to female transitions are ...
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The differences in attachment between father and mother

Bowlby's attachment talks about the primary caregiver, it does not specify mother or father, even though it is mostly the mother. I want to know more about the specific roles of the father and mother ...
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Is Jordan Peterson correct when he states that "as societies become more egalitarian, personality differences across genders maximize"?

There are many videos (for example, here, here, and here) where Jordan Peterson claims that as societies become more egalitarian, personality differences across genders increase. He is often stating ...
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Psychological effects of statutory rape - differences by gender?

Occasionally, criminal cases where female teachers have sex with male students make the news. I have the impression that many people are much less critical of that than when the victim is female, and ...
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Are men genetically programmed to seek multiple sexual partners more than women?

I saw this question on Skeptics Stack Exchange. Someone says "obviously, yes". The reasoning is that men have cheap sperm whereas females have expensive eggs. Hence, most males, in most ...
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Mental rotation test in a virtual environment

Parsons et al. (2004) found that the widely reported sex difference in performance in the pen-and-paper mental rotation test could not be reproduced in a virtual environment: The visuospatial ...
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Is there any difference in social status for gays and lesbians? [closed]

If we ignore religion, do gays and lesbians have different social statuses? (Please add what biases you have in the question to support the answer, e.g. the grass is greener on the other side). I did ...
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Boys and the obsession with war [closed]

Recently, I have been wondering why boys are so attracted to war and war-specific video games. Perhaps it is improper of me to assume that this obsession only applies to boys, but for the most part I ...
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Post-coital effects on human cognition [closed]

I often see couples fight after sex. Why is this? Is there an actual biological effects (release of endorphins or other hormones) post-coitus (or post-orgasm) that would increase irritability in an ...
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Are there empirical studies showing that one sex is more sexually selective than the other?

Initial research: I've found papers by Clark and Hatfield (1989) and Buss and Schmidt (1993) that seem to lend support to the idea of heterosexual females being more selective than heterosexual males. ...
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Is touch sensitivity higher for females?

I read a long time ago that in a study of two-week old infants response to touch, the female babies were far and away more sensitive. In most gender comparisons, there are the familiar "two humps" in ...
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Are there innate differences between men's and women's behavior?

A stereotypical man is aggressive and competing. A stereotypical woman isn't aggressive and tends to cooperate rather than compete. A stereotypical boy have toys like cars and plastic soldiers. A ...
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Do men have a higher sex drive than women?

It's a common cultural meme that men think about/are driven by sex more than women. Is there any objective truth to this? How do you define and measure 'sex drive'? How different are men and ...
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Are men subject to optimism bias when it comes to assessing their sexual/romantic appeal?

Intuitively, I imagine that men are strongly subject to optimism bias when dating, and in particular facing rejection. (ie. not believing that she's really not attracted to him). My question is: ...
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Are there gender differences in color discrimination ability?

There appears to be a prevalent stereotype that girls seem to have "heightened" color perception. By this term, I mean that they can identify the salient features of different shades of color. However,...
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Why do men have greater variance than women in mental test scores?

Hedges and Nowell (1995) write that Sex differences in central tendency, variability, and numbers of high scores on mental tests have been extensively studied. Research has not always seemed ...
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Has anyone formally tested Josh Pellicer's theory on human sexual behavior?

I read Josh Pellicer's book titled "Tao of Badass." He discusses the sexual behavior of men and women and how they interact during the dating process. However, I have been unable to find any ...
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Do female victims of rape have an increased risk of becoming a sex offender?

It's said that men who are molested as children often become molestors when they get older. Is the same true of women who are raped? Is a female victim of rape more likely to become sexually warped in ...
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Gender differences in IQ among undergraduate psychology students

While marking undergraduate coursework relating to gender differences, it occurred to me that there could well be systematic effects of gender on IQ among the undergraduate populations relied on for ...
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Does the scarcity of female programmers, suggest that men are more intelligent than women?

Developing software is simultaneously artistic and scientific, which accounts for its appeal for some of the smartest and intuitive people on the planet There is a generally observable and most ...
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Why does society interpret "manliness" differently?

If, by definition, manliness is "the traditional male quality of being brave and strong," why does most of society perceive it differently? For example, a person who watches My Little Pony and is not ...
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What are the effects of casual sex on men versus women?

There is a lot of research citing that men are more physically primed for sex than women. Graziottin (2004) discusses this difference and other differences of strength and vulnerabilities between the ...
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Differences between the way men and women interpret body language

There are many socially accepted ideas about the differences between men and women, I am wondering how much of this is misconception or based in reality. I was reading this question: How important is ...
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How sexual activity influences a woman's sex drive

Sheila Gregoire suggests that increasing the amount of sexual activity increases a woman's sexual desire in general. I can postulate that child bearing and raising impacts significantly upon a woman's ...
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Why would a behaviour effect one sex?

After reading the article Regular sleeping hours really are good for children—if they are girls I started wondering what would be a good explanation for something such as sleep patterns have an affect ...
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Is multitasking a myth?

Often, the term 'multitasking' is applied to very busy and 'wired' people. There is an adage that women multitask better than men. My question is, do we actually multitask? If so, what are the ...
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Just because masturbation doesn't interfere with everyday life, why aren't higher rates considered an addiction?

The common theme in most studies/articles about masturbation is that as long as the act does not interfere with everyday life, it's not considered a problem. However, just because it doesn't ...
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Does the relationship between positive mood and motivation for sex differ between males and females?

Background: I recently heard the saying from a doctor: "men are motivated to have sex when they want to feel good and women are motivated to have sex when they already feel good". (In a side note, ...
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Difference between voting patterns in men and women

I'm looking for recommended reading on difference in voting patterns between men and women - both empirical data and theoretical explanations. In particular, have any significant biases (in terms of ...
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What causes gender differences in responses to farting?

Background: By casual observation, I have noticed that males tend to react differently to the sound of a fart. It seems that men are more likely to laugh whereas women are more likely to show signs of ...
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Are there colors women find attractive on men? [closed]

I have heard that men find women dressed in red more attractive (I can confirm this from personal experience as well). What color or colors do women prefer on men, if any?
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Do men and women differ in their desire to have children?

I was reading the comments of the following article on paternal health and birth defects. Someone made the following comment. The other thing is that mens interest in being a father is nowhere ...
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Why have historically most inventors been men?

I noticed something strange when I looked at about.com's list of famous historical inventors. You can see that most of the inventors are men, and only a few are women. Can this be explained by ...
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Are there sex differences in inter-rater consistency of attractiveness ratings of opposite-sex faces?

Is there any research that assesses whether males or females judge faces of the opposite sex with a greater internal consistency? That is, is the standard deviation of attraction ratings for a ...
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