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Estrogen and memory in a transsexual population

Estrogen and memory in a transsexual population
Estrogen and memory in a transsexual population
The association between administered estrogen and performance on verbal memory and other cognitive tasks was examined. Male-to-female transsexuals undergoing estrogen treatment for sex reassignment (n = 29) scored higher on Paired Associate Learning (PAL) compared to a similar transsexual control group, awaiting estrogen treatment (n = 30) (P < 0.05). No differences between groups receiving and not receiving estrogen were detected on a control memory task (Digit Span) or on other cognitive tasks including Mental Rotations and Controlled Associations. There were no group differences in age. Group differences in mood or in general intellectual ability also did not explain the findings. Results suggest a specific influence of estrogen in men on verbal memory tasks, similar to that seen in prior studies of women. They are discussed in terms of differential processing demands of the two memory tasks and possible differences between estrogenic influences on Mental Rotations and Controlled Associations in men versus women.
0018-506X
199-208
Miles, Clare
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Green, Richard
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Sanders, Geoff
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Hines, Melissa
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Miles, Clare
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Green, Richard
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Sanders, Geoff
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Miles, Clare, Green, Richard, Sanders, Geoff and Hines, Melissa (1998) Estrogen and memory in a transsexual population. Hormones and Behavior, 34 (2), 199-208. (doi:10.1006/hbeh.1998.1478). (PMID:9799629)

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The association between administered estrogen and performance on verbal memory and other cognitive tasks was examined. Male-to-female transsexuals undergoing estrogen treatment for sex reassignment (n = 29) scored higher on Paired Associate Learning (PAL) compared to a similar transsexual control group, awaiting estrogen treatment (n = 30) (P < 0.05). No differences between groups receiving and not receiving estrogen were detected on a control memory task (Digit Span) or on other cognitive tasks including Mental Rotations and Controlled Associations. There were no group differences in age. Group differences in mood or in general intellectual ability also did not explain the findings. Results suggest a specific influence of estrogen in men on verbal memory tasks, similar to that seen in prior studies of women. They are discussed in terms of differential processing demands of the two memory tasks and possible differences between estrogenic influences on Mental Rotations and Controlled Associations in men versus women.

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Published date: October 1998
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 355333
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355333
ISSN: 0018-506X
PURE UUID: 747cf348-499b-48b4-96d8-e4b6f9d82cb9

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Author: Clare Miles
Author: Richard Green
Author: Geoff Sanders
Author: Melissa Hines

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