Patterns of lateralization and performance levels for verbal and spatial tasks in congenital androgen deficiency

S. F. Cappa, C. Guariglia, C. Papagno, L. Pizzamiglio, G. Vallar, P. Zoccolotti, B. Ambrosi, V. Santiemma

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Abstract

The effects of congenital deficiency of gonadal hormones on verbal and spatial performance and on the establishment of hemispheric asymmetries were investigated in a group of patients with idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. The patients showed a left hemispheric advantage for verbal material and were mildly impaired, mainly on tasks involving a short-term memory load, in comparison with a matched control group. These results do not indicate a specific role of gonadal hormones on the establishment of hemispheric asymmetries. Lack of exposure during brain development results in a decrease in memory functions which is not specific for verbal or spatial material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1988

Keywords

  • Hemispheric asymmetry
  • Idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism
  • Spatial ability
  • Testicular feminization syndrome
  • Testosterone
  • Verbal ability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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