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The neuromodulatory effects of sex hormones on functional cerebral asymmetries and cognitive control.

Hodgetts, Sophie and Hausmann, Markus (2018) 'The neuromodulatory effects of sex hormones on functional cerebral asymmetries and cognitive control.', Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie., 29 (3). pp. 127-139.


Nearly 20 years ago, Hausmann and Güntürkün (2000a, 2000b) published a review article in the Journal of Neuropsychology/Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie on the influences of sex hormones on functional cerebral asymmetries (FCAs). They further presented a neuroendocrinological model (Hausmann & Güntürkün, 2000c) that could potentially explain how sex hormones modulate FCAs. Their model proposed that high levels of progesterone reduce the synaptic efficiency of cortico-cortical transmission, leading to a reduction of FCAs. However, empirical data testing their hypothesis directly were missing. Using various approaches, we have now gathered behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging data that partly support the original idea, while also pointing toward estradiol-modulating FCAs. The current review provides an update on this fascinating topic and briefly explores clinical applications.

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Publisher statement:Hodgetts, Sophie & Hausmann, Markus (2018). The Neuromodulatory Effects of Sex Hormones on Functional Cerebral Asymmetries and Cognitive Control. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie 29(3): 127-139. This version of the article may not completely replicate the final version published in Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation.
Date accepted:20 March 2018
Date deposited:06 September 2018
Date of first online publication:27 August 2018
Date first made open access:27 August 2019

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