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    DescriptionThe saga of sex differences in brain and behavior begins with a tiny sperm swimming toward a huge egg, to contribute its tiny Y chromosome plus its copies of the other chromosomes. Genetic, anatomic and physiologic alterations in the male ensue, making his brain and behavior different in specific respects from his sister. Brain-wise, specific cell groups develop differently in males compared to females, in some cases right after birth and in other cases at puberty. But genetics and neuroanatomy do not dominate the scene. Prenatal stress, postnatal stress and lousy treatment at puberty all can affect males and females in different ways. The upshot of all these genetic and environmental factors produces small sex differences in certain abilities and huge sex differences in feelings, in pain and in suffering. Put this all together and the reader will see that biological and cultural influences on gender roles operate at so many different levels to influence behavioral mechanisms that gender role choices are flexible, reversible and non-dichotomous, especially in modern societies.

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    Man and Woman
    An Inside Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor Donald W. Pfaff
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195388848
    ISBN 10: 0195388844

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    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    23 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Donald W. Pfaff, PhD, is professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, is a brain scientist who uses neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neurophysiological methods to study the cellular mechanisms by which the brain controls behavior.
    Review quote
    "This is an absolutely fascinating book, written in an engaging style wherever possible." --PsychCentral"Any writer brave enough to take on this subject needs to be meticulous and unflaggingly skeptical in his or her approach EL Mr. Pfaff is the right man for the job." --The Economist