Gender Differences in Language Development Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Gender Differences in Language Development
An analysis of some of the theories pertaining to language development in girls and boys.
# 119670 | 4,287 words | 45 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper examines some of the existing information regarding sex differences in the brains of children and tries to determine what is known regarding how these sex differences affect language acquisition. It discusses how some differences have been observed both in the structure of the brain in young children and how they process information during the acquisition of language and other skills. The paper also reviews some of the data and discusses what is known regarding the various factors that affect learning a language and possibly other aspects of learning in young males and young females.

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Discussion and Analysis

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"Studies of gender differences in the development of language indicate that genetic factors play a role in the sexual differences in the acquisition of language. The idea that sex hormones in adult animals fully accounts for all sex differences in the brain ignores the effects these hormones may have on brain development as well as the many genetic factors, some of which are discussed in this report. These genetic factors may induce sex differences in the brain independent of the action of hormones. The effects of circulating sex hormones cannot fully account for all sex differences observed in the adult brain, as many sex differences persist even in the absence of these hormones. Thus, hormonal influences due to the menstrual cycle can be detected on an impressively wide array of behaviors. For example, substantial evidence indicates that sex hormones influence learning and memory processes and interact with stress hormones to do so."

Sample of Sources Used:

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