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Do hormones in the womb affect how your brain develops?

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On average, men produce 8 or 10 times more testosterone than women. Everyone knows that testosterone makes your muscles grow stronger, your voice deepen, and your beard grow. Less well known is that testosterone produced by the baby in the womb has irreversible effects on brain development. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen describes a unique experiment conducted on hundreds of Cambridge children, measuring their testosterone in the womb and following them year by year as they grow up, to see how this remarkable molecule affects their brains and minds.

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