Entries by Constance Cummings

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FPR Sex/Gender Conference Summary: Part 3 – What Counts as Adequate Function?

The sex/gender conference succeeded in bringing together people “with different ideas and skills, different ways of thinking, that are actually transforming the field,” observed Carol Worthman, chair of Part 3 (“What’s at Stake?”). The earlier sessions (see Parts 1 and 2) provided us with a better sense of the complexities of sex/gender; we also learned […]


FPR Sex/Gender Conference Summary: Part 2 – What’s Fixed, Changing, Changeable

Part 2 of the FPR-UCLA conference on sex/gender, which was chaired by cultural anthropologist Gilbert Herdt, explored aspects of brain and behavior that are “fixed” by evolution and biology and other aspects that create, reflect, and respond to human social and cultural environments. Speakers in the first session addressed, in Darwin’s phrase, the “entangled bank” […]


FPR Sex/Gender Conference Summary: Part I – Why Now?

Emerging theories in neuroscience – fueled by new technologies in brain imaging and recording along with torrents of new data – offer a profoundly different view of the human brain – part of a “tangled skein” of extended brain-body-behavior networks that are dynamic, plastic, adaptable, and “in constant dialog” with the environment (Rebeiz, Patel, & […]

Special Issue on Sex Differences in Neuro/Psych Disorders (Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology)

Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology Volume 35, Issue 3, Pages 253-404 (August 2014) Sex Differences in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders Edited by Larry J. Young and Donald W. Pfaff Sex differences in neurological and psychiatric disorders Pages 253-254 Larry J. Young, Donald W. Pfaff Etiologies underlying sex differences in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Review) Pages 255-271 Sara M. […]


From Toxins to Culture: How Environment Shapes the Infant Brain (AAAS 2016 Symposium)

AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting / Global Science Engagement Website: https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2016/webprogram/Session12229.html Sunday, February 14, 2016: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM Prenatal and perinatal environmental factors, from toxins to maternal care and culture, profoundly influence the brains of infants, sometimes resulting in lifelong pathologies. The effects of these factors have only recently been rigorously assessed in humans, and the mechanisms […]