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Organizing Effects and Activating Effects of Hormones

Organizing (or organizational) effects of sex hormones: When sex hormones, often prenatally, influence the development, structure, and organization of the nervous system. Activating (or activational) effects of sex hormones: When sex hormones, usually after birth, activate behavioral patterns or tendencies that were laid down earlier (sometimes prenatally) in the development of the nervous system.

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Organizing (or organizational) effects of sex hormones: When sex hormones, often prenatally, influence the development, structure, and organization of the nervous system. Activating (or activational) effects of sex hormones: When sex hormones, usually after birth, activate behavioral patterns or tendencies that were laid down earlier (sometimes prenatally) in the development of the nervous system. According to this distinction, prenatal sex hormones affect the organization of ...

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The differences in the brain structures are a result of the interaction between developing brain cells, hormones and genes, and are the basis for heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.

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