Sex Differences, Human Brain Organization

  • Doreen Kimura
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


It is expected that an organ as complex as the human brain will vary somewhat in morphology and function from person to person. However, until recently, evidence for systematic brain variation related to individual difference variables has been only available for hand preference. Variation in brain organization related to the sex of the individual has been revealed only in the last 20-odd years.

Further reading

  1. Bryden MP (1982): Laterality: Functional Asymmetry in the Intact Brain. New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar
  2. Kimura D, Harshman RA (1984): Sex differences in brain organization for verbal and nonverbal functions. In: Sex Differences in the Brain. Relation between Structure and Function, Progress in Brain Research, vol 61, de Vries GJ, de Bruin JPC, Uylings HBM, Corner MA, eds. Amsterdam: ElsevierGoogle Scholar
  3. Robinson T, Becker JB, Camp DM, Mansour A (1985): Variation in the pattern of behavioral and brain asymmetries due to sex differences. In: Cerebral Lateralization in Non-human Species, pp 185–231, Glick SD, ed., New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar

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