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Sexual Differentiation and Gender Identity Factors

Explain the interaction between hormones and behavior, and how these interactions affect the determination of gender identity.
- Include the roles of biological factors (nature) and environmental influences (nurture) on sexual differentiation and gender identity.
- Based on your evaluation, determine which has the greater influence on gender identity: nature or nurture.
- Discuss the current arguments about sexual identity and how evidence from biopsychology may help resolve the argument.

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Biological factors and nature have a tremendous influence on sexual differentiation and gender identity, this is especially true when it comes to hormones. Testosterone is a hormone of particular importance in human beings, especially to males. This is due to the fact that this hormonal test to regulate many of the male biological features and functions that differentiates males from females, which includes aggressiveness. It is due to this factor that testosterone has a major biological/natural influence on the behavior of many male individuals. It appears that a greater level of testosterone within a male causes the individual to be much more outgoing and aggressive, which can be a positive factor in relation to their drive to succeed and overcome obstacles in life. This aggressiveness can be detrimental if it is not controlled, and is utilized in a negative manner, such as bullying others. A lower or inadequate level of testosterone within a male, may cause the individual to the frail and weak, and not exhibit a high level of male characteristics, which may cause this individual to become an introvert. This individual may also suffer from low self-esteem, which may ...

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This solution describes important factors in gender identity and sexual differentiation.